Women in UNISON

Women in UNISONWomen form the majority of UNISON members in Scotland. UNISON structures like ‘proportionality’ attempt to make sure that the women are represented at all levels in the union, at least at a level that reflects their proportion of the membership. If the membership is 65% women, then the leadership should be at least 65% women.

Women’s Organisation in UNISONScotland addresses the discrimination women face and provides a forum and structures to promote issues that particularly affect women in the workplace and in society in general. Family care, low pay and domestic violence are just some examples of our campaigns. See also the UK Women’s pages.

Latest updates

Urgent need to tackle domestic abuse and empower women

Women’s conference highlighted that domestic abuse is a workplace issue and backed a wide-ranging composite that set out a number ... Read More

Workplace policies on sexual harassment essential to protect women

Women’s conference heard powerful testimony in support of City of Edinburgh’s call for workplace policies on sexual harassment, to protect ... Read More

Gender pay justice for women

Women’s conference backed Scotland’s call for all bargaining structures in our union to have gender pay justice right at the ... Read More

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Events and Publications

Violence against women is a gendered issue

Helen Duddy
UNISON will campaign to educate and improve understanding of violence against women as a gendered issue, providing guidance, sharing good ...

Fair Work Decent Childhoods

Fair work decent childhoods
All political parties say work is the key driver for tackling poverty and we at UNISON Scotland and CPAG in ...

e-briefing: Scotland doesn’t need a new Women’s prison

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The Scottish Government is intending to issue tenders for the construction of a new women’s prison. Doing so goes against ...

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2014

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2014
Since 2006, UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers by issuing a Freedom ...

Dishing the dirt – Cleaners in Scotland’s public services speak out

Cleaners speak out
Long before most of us get to work – or after most of us have left our job a vital ...

Coalition Government to reduce maternity leave?

Six Months for Mums
May 2012: Working Families have launched a new campaign (see below) to keep a minimum of 26 weeks and are ...


May 2012: The Coalition Government are apparently proposing to reduce current maternity leave. Click here for what you can do…

Supporting Palestinian Women – the STUC Womens Committee have completed a briefing and have developed a link with women in Gaza and Bethlehem (please click here for more details PDF)

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