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

Empowering and inspiring women – UNISON Women’s Conference

#uwomen20 Kate Ramsden gives an overview of Women’s Conference 2020 and also hears from two first time Scottish delegates, Alice ... Read More

Inspiring women inspiring women

#uwomen20 Women’s conference unanimously backed a call from Scotland to take a lead in telling women’s stories in order to ... Read More

Keeping conference right – the role of the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee

Scotland’s representative on the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee (SOC) Dianne O’Donnell, shares her experience in this busy role. This ... Read More

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Events and Publications

Raising awareness of the devastating impact of domestic abuse

#uwomen2020 In a moving debate, conference heard many harrowing, personal experiences of surviving domestic abuse, as delegates pledged to raise ...
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Winning equal pay – building members’ confidence

Kath Stirling and Lyn Marie O’Hara
The stirring chords of “Bread and Roses” opened the #Uwomen2020 Fringe Meeting on Equal Pay as our Scottish UNISON colleagues ...
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President: ‘Our power comes from our activists’

Josie Bird
UNISON President Josie Bird addressed #uwomen20 She highlighted the importance of recruiting workers in temporary and insecure posts “who arguably ...
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Women are at the heart of this union

Dave Prentis
#Uwomen20 General Secretary Dave Prentis told UNISON Women’s Conference that women are at the heart of this union. He praised ...
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Workplace support for mothers with sick or premature babies

Pat Rowland
In an emotional grouped debate, Women’s conference #Uwomen20 heard of the trauma faced by women who have experienced miscarriage or ...
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Women at the heart of social care

Kate Ramsden
#Uwomen20 UNISON Women’s Conference condemned the underfunding, over many years, of social care. Delegates backed a range of measures to ...
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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)

More on the archived UNISON Scotland website