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

Scrap universal credit and end women living on the cliff edge

Katrina Murray
In the first debate of Women’s Conference 2020, speaker after speaker condemned changes to the benefits system and its devastating ...
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Angela Rayner ‘rebel with a cause’

Angela Rayner
#uwomen20 Angela Rayner, gave an inspiring speech to UNISON Women’s Conference. She told delegates that she would not have got ...
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Celebrating our inspiring women

Davena Rankin
Women’s conference unanimously backed UNISON’s call to tell the story of the women in the trade union movement who have ...
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Mothers of pre-term or sick babies must have more workplace support

Tina Makedenge
Women’s conference backed UNISON’s call for more support in the workplace for women with premature or sick babies. The Women’s ...
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Davena brings greetings from TUC Women’s Committee

Davena Rankin
UNISON’s Davena Rankin brought greetings from the TUC Women’s Committee, standing in from Chair, Philipa Harvey who was unable to ...
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Split shifts – a health and safety issue for women

Jean Kilpatrick
Split shifts came under the spotlight at STUC Women’s conference as delegates backed a need for proper research into the ...
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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)

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