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.

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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

Women bear brunt of cost of living crisis

Women bear brunt of cost of living crisis
#uwomen23 One of the key debates at women’s conference this year focused on the disproportionate effect on women of the ...

Inspired by the past, building for the future – STUC Women’s Conference 2022

Inspired by the past, building for the future - STUC Women’s Conference 2022
UNISON Scotland attended this year's STUC Women's Conference in Glenrothes and took part in debates demanding action on women’s issues ...

Eradicating Sexual Violence

Eradicating Sexual Violence
#STUC22 heard that despite years of campaigning by sexual violence survivors, prevention groups, trade unions and student unions that Gender ...

Toughen the law on sexual harassment at work

Toughen the law on sexual harassment at work
#STUC22 Congress heard that sexual harassment and abuse from men is a constant problem in the folk and traditional music ...

A just transition must recognise and promote the role of women

Davena Rankin
STUC Women’s conference highlighted the gender impact of climate change and demanded a just transition to promote the role of ...

Women’s equality must be at the heart of the political agenda

June Maguire
STUC Women’s Conference backed a wide ranging COVID recovery plan that reflects the reality of women’s health and demanded that ...


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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