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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Eradicating Sexual Violence

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

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 ... Read More

Safe transport to and from work is a right for all

#STUC22 The STUC threw its weight behind the campaign for free and safe transport home for all workers finishing work ... Read More

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Events and Publications

Inspiring women inspiring women

Ann Forsyth
#uwomen20 Women’s conference unanimously backed a call from Scotland to take a lead in telling women’s stories in order to ...
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Keeping conference right – the role of the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee

Standing Orders Committee photo
Scotland’s representative on the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee (SOC) Dianne O’Donnell, shares her experience in this busy role. This ...
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Gender pay gap about opportunity as much as pay

Lyn Marie O’Hara and Kay McKerrell
#uwomen20 In the 50th anniversary year of the Equal Pay Act, delegates to UNISON’s Women’s Conference slammed the continuing pay gap ...
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Raising awareness of symptoms of heart attacks in women

Elizabeth Rankin
With the shocking news from British Heart Foundation research that 50% of women are more likely to receive the wrong ...
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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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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