from the Womens National Conference 2010
Motions on Breast cancer (motion 2 and 3)
The National Womens Committee (NWC) will be working
with UNISON’s Bargaining Support to produce workplace guideance
on breast cancer, during treatment and after. The Scottish Women’s
Committee have been asked to raise awareness to ensure activists
and members are aware of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination
Act (DDA), including disability leave and the right to reasonable
adjustments. You can find out more information on the DDA at
Also, we would like to raise awareness of the support
which can be provided by UNISON Welfare – the website is www.unison.org.uk/welfare/.
Motion 2 highlighted the need for improved services
for women experiencing lymphoedema as a consequence of surgery.
There is an existing supporting network, and this can be found
A motion on “A million voices” – why women must
be vocal (motion 5)
Regions are asked to support and promote the Million
Voices campaign. A womens factsheet has already been produced
and is available from www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/18949.pdf.
The motion further calls for evidence gathering on women and the
recession. The TUC have produced a report, and this can be found
A motion on Mary Seacole – turn her into stone
When Mary Seacole nursed the sick and wounded on
the front line in the Crimea she did not ask for, or expect any
reward. She did it for the British troops, who she loved and admired.
They responded in equal generosity to the person they called "Mother
Mary Seacole was not a person to duck a challenge.
She broke the race barrier to win the hearts and minds of the
British people. She is wonderful example of an individual who
was determined to make a difference. She did so with the force
of her personality and her untiring entrepreneurial spirit. This
is why she remains such a powerful role model in today's vibrant
and diverse society. Details of the appeal can be found at www.maryseacoleappeal.org.uk
Motions on screen and smear tests (motion 13
There were 2 motions on screening and smear tests,
but there was a contradiction in the age for access to routine
screening. The NWC will therefore be conducting further research.
In the meantime, they will continue to work with Jo’s Trust –
the website is www.jotrust.co.uk.
A motion on Women and Pensions (motion 18)
UNISON submitted a motion to both
national delegate conference and TUC women’s conference on this
issue. We are continueing to support UNISON’s pension campaign.
UNISON is asking you to encourage more women to become involved
in pensions governance through the capital stewardship programme
– more information can be seen at www.unison.org.uk/capitalstewards.
A motion on Women and cycling (motion 19)
The NWC will be liaising with the
UNISON green project on support for Sustrans. Details of the
motion for women campaign can be found at www.sustrans.org.uk.
Motions on the far right and women united against
fascism (motion 20 and 21)
UNISON teamed up with the Hope Not
Hate campaign and the Daily Mirror to produce 880,000 copies of
the booklet Together Against Hate aimed at women and exposing
the dangers of the BMP. Over half a million copies were sent
to members in 4 key areas. The booklet can be found at www.hopenothate.org.uk/downloads/womens/womensbookletmarch10.pdf.
Motions about rape (motion 24 and 25)
One in four local authorities have no specialised
services to support victims of rape. The NWC will be lobbying
the government for sustainable funding for rape crisis. The website
for Rape Crisis in Scotland is www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk.
Demand Change (Composite A)
Composite A was selected as a women’s conference
motion to national delegate conference, and to support the motion
the NWC have arranged a fringe meeting and a briefing pack has
been produced which has already been circulated to the national
committee and regional women’s/equality officers to be used in
regions and branches in support of the motion. Branches are encouraged
to affiliate to Object, and support their campaign work at www.object.org.uk.
Buying sex is not a sport (motion 29)
Evidence from other major sporting events indicates
that the number of women trafficked to the UK for prostitution
will increase in response to the 2012 London Olympics. As well
as working with the Demand Change! Campaign, there is information
from the Poppy Project at www.eaves4women.co.uk/poppyproject/php.
Palestine (motion 33)
The NWC would like to draw attention to the TUC
campaign for the boycott of goods from the illegal Israeli settlements.
The trade union briefing can be found at – www.tuc.org.uk/extras/settlementgoodsleaflet.pdf.
Also, you can become involved with the work of the Palestine Solidarity
Campaign at www.palestinecampaign.org.
Millennium development goals 4 and 4 (motion
Information on the millennium development
goals can be found at www.un.org/millenniumgoals.shtml.
No more BPA Emergency motion 1)
BPA is a chemical used in the manufacture
of baby bottles and other food storage containers. It has proven
links with breast cancer, and is banned in the USA and Canada.
You can get involved in the campaign at www.nomorebpa.org.uk.