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%
Womens 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.
WOMEN’S EVENTS COMING UP
SCOTTISH WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014
TO BE CONFIRMED - Click here for Calling Notice, Delegate Registration
Form, Motions and Amendements Forms and creche form.
Closing date for submission of motions: Friday 5 September
Closing date for registration of delegates: Monday 15 September
Closing date for amendments to motions Thursday 18 September
Delegate Pack sent (approx): Thursday 18 September 2014
May 2012: The
Coalition Government are apparently proposing to reduce current
maternity leave. Click here for what you can do...
UNISON Scotland Women's Conference
- calling notice and forms
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 )
Conference of Trade Unions and Trade Union Councils in the
Highlands and Islands. If your are in a Branch in the Highlands
and Islands – this conference is being held on Saturday 11
June from 10 am. Please contact your Branch for more information
click here for more details ).
From previous knowledge I would encourage more women trade unionist
to attend this event.
STUC Womens Committee Weekend – this weekend which will
be held on 17/18 September at the Novotel Hotel, Pitt
Street, Glasgow will be developing your “Conference Skills”.
Please contact your Branch for more information (please
click here for more details )
International Womens Day 8 March
See 'James Bond Supports International Womens Day 2011' video
on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkp4t5NYzVM
History of International Womens Day
the unofficial UNISONActive blog
Question Time - Women's Health in
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is holding its first ever Scottish
Elections Hustings Event on Wednesday 9th March at 7pm in the
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
The theme of the event is Women's Health in a Recession and
politicians for all parties– including Nicola Sturgeon, Jackie
Baillie, Ross Finnie, Nanette Milne and Margo MacDonald – will
be speaking on this vital issue ahead of the Holyrood elections
To find out more or to register your place at this free event
please contact 0131 226 0769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit breakthrough.org.uk/Scotland
Cancer - remember the symptoms
A new nationwide advertising campaign has been launched
by Ovarian Cancer Action to raise awareness of the symptoms
of ovarian cancer.
Women’s conference 2008 made a decision to publicise
the use of mooncups as a natural and safe method of dealing
- other campaigns
(21/07/09) Media interest in breastfeeding has recently
been stirred again by the publication of a report into mother's
experience of bottle feeding, and concerns about the perceived
pressure to breastfeed.
campaign launched to tackle ‘women-blaming’ attitudes to rape
Rape Crisis Scotland has launched a hard hitting campaign
tackling the myths around rape. The central purpose of This
Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me is to challenge women-blaming
attitudes to rape by stimulating public debate.
supports Fawcett's Sexism in the City campaign.
The City of London is one of the most economically prosperous
areas in the world. But behind the conspicuous wealth of the
City lies a hidden story of disadvantage and discrimination
affecting women at all levels of business, perpetuating poverty,
discrimination, and absence from the corridors of power.
Motions from the Womens National Conference 2010
Click here for reports on
motions including Breast
cancer | “A million voices” – why women must be vocal | Mary Seacole
| Screen and smear tests | Women and Pensions | Women and cycling
| Women united against fascism | Motions about rape | Demand Change
| Prostitution | Palestine | Millennium development goals | No
Jobs for the boys and the girls? Women’s
engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths, and
Wednesday 9th February 6pm – 8pm Committee
Room 4, The Scottish Parliament
Engender are submitting a parallel report to the UN Commission
on the Status of Women (CSW) which meets this year with the theme
of “Access and participation of women and girls to education,
training, science and technology.”
We invite you to come along to discuss our report and contribute
your own comments on the barriers and challenges facing women
and girls in education, training, and the labour market.
- Chair: Margaret Mitchell MSP
- Speakers: Engender, Close the Gap and the Scottish Resource
Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Minister
for Enterprise, Transport and Tourism Jim Mather MSP (invited)
Hosted by Johann Lamont MSP
Light Refreshments provided
To book a place please call 0131 558 9596 or email Karen@engender.org.uk
the 38 Degrees Stop Human Trafficking petition
UNISON SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Saturday 9 October 11am – 5pm
UNISON Glasgow City Branch Office, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow.
Branches are invited to submit motions by Friday 17 September.
If you have an idea for a motion, please contact your Branch.
The closing date for delegate registration is Friday 24 September
(through your Branch) Click here for
more details >>
Women’s Conversations at the STUC
19 August, 9 September and 7 October Click here for details.....
Equality begins at 40? - What next for Equal Pay?
Saturday 21 August, 11.00am -12.00noon Committee Room 1, The Scottish
Over the last five years, the success of the Festival of Politics
has proven that whilst politics may be changing, people remain
keen to engage with it. The Equality and Human Rights Commission
are pleased to taking part in this year's festival, with an event
in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Delivered
in partnership with Close the Gap, the event will be chaired by
Kaliani Lyle, our Scotland Commissioner and speakers will include
Muriel Robison and Peter Hunter, Regional Organiser Equal Pay,
Tickets are FREE and can be booked: online, by phone, in person
from Hub Tickets, or in person only from the Scottish Parliament
for further details visit www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk
Glasgow to close 'Breakthrough for Women'
31/7/10: Glasgow City Council intend to close Breakthrough
for Women which provides advice, support and counselling to women
who have experienced sexual violence. The threat to the service
comes as part of the Council’s budget cuts. The service is run
by Social Work Services and assists hundreds of women each year
from all parts of the city. The service is currently run by seven
Brian Smith, UNISON Branch Secretary said: “After meeting with
council officers on 29 July, UNISON is of the view that the Council
intend to close Breakthrough for Women. We would ask that this
important service to women who have experienced sexual violence
is retained. The demand for the service remains and is valued
by the women who use it, other frontline social work staff and
other agencies. We hope that the Council demonstrates its commitment
to this group of vulnerable women by continuing to offer the current
to bail out banks
20/07/10 "The government has decided that women, families and
children will bear the brunt of cutting the deficit," Ruth Lister,
head of social policy at LoughboroughUniversity told a TUC forum
last week. Although the government claims that the emergency budget
is fair, the combined effect of changes to benefits and service
cuts is hitting the poorest hardest, especially low paid women
workers and their families.
Voices Campaign - speaking up for women’s equality
Women are being hit especially hard by the financial and economic
crisis. Achieving equality for women is an intrinsic part of strengthening
our public services and building a fairer society
guidance on breastfeeding at work
UNISON is working with Maternity Action, who campaign to end
inequality and promote the health and well-being of all pregnant
women, their partners and children from before conception through
to the child's early years.
Sexism: The sex industry's infiltration of the modern workplace
UNISON national women's conference policy is to campaign against
the proliferation of lap dancing clubs and the exploitation and
harassment of women. A new report from the Fawcett Society, "Corporate
Sexism : The sex industry's infiltration of the modern workplace",
to which UNISON has contributed, finds that the use of lap dancing
clubs and display of pornography in a work context is a major
new threat to women's equality at work.
time like the present - women and pensions
(21/07/09)With the credit crunch biting, soaring bills and
conflicting demands on family incomes, it is tempting to avoid
the unpleasant truth
below the surface' is a new initiative from Fawcett
designed to raise public awareness of sexism at work, as part
of Fawcett's Sexism and the City campaign.
Click here for the campaign. Read real-life accounts
of sexism, download the briefing, send our e-postcard to a
friend, order materials, share your experiences.
for women's rights to abortion in Northern ireland - sign
the petition (External
site - It must not be assumed that UNISON Scotland subscribes
to any of the content or principles external sites)
time limit vote - decisive win for women (click here for more
details onm Abortion Rights website).
- 17 Dec: 16 days of action against
- 10 June 09: Sexual Offences
OBJECT, who we passed conference policy in support of in
February, are running a campaign with Fawcett to get lap dancing
clubs reclassified as Sex Encounter Establishments, more info
As a part of our Women into Public Life campaign we are publicising
the work of the Women's National Commission to encourage more
women to apply for public appointments. http://www.unison.org.uk/women/pages_view.asp?did=7333
Two new websites have been launched to help parents discuss
how they organise work and caring, and what changes are needed
- the results will be fed into the Equality and Human Rights
UNISON is supporting the End Child Poverty Demonstration
- 4th October, Trafalgar Square. Keep the Promise. See more
information here - please support the demo http://www.unison.org.uk/file/B4142.pdf
supports campaign to stop violence against Iraqi women. Click
here for details and to sign the online petition.
- WOZA members beaten in the streets of
Bulawayo on International Women's Day March 8, 2008 - click
here to write to protest
Over 1,000 members of WOZA and MOZA marched through the streets
of Bulawayo today to commemorate International Women's Day.
The peaceful protesters, who were carrying balloons, were met
by riot police after four blocks and viciously beaten. Over
50 members received medical attention for injuries caused by
- Abortion Rights' update on
proposals to change the abortion law going through parliament
- War on Want fashion victim campaign Click
here for a draft letter to send to Tesco, Primark etc. See
more at the War on Want campaign website
- Stop Violence Against Women
- Show Your Support in 3 Simple Steps!
- Scottish Womens Convention consultation
- Bodyform supports
Dignity! Period campaign
- Women's Studies at Ruskin
- Domestic Abuse Briefing
- Raise The Roof on Domestic Violence
- Survey Report
- STUC Womens Committee
- Links of special interest to Womens
WOMEN'S STUDIES @ RUSKIN
Now is the time of year women are thinking of self development/empowerment
and studying WOMEN'S STUDIES. Please can you circulate this
leaflet (click here for pdf) as widely as possible.
The more help in encouraging women to come to Ruskin the better
- we usually have some TU women on our WS courses.
Typically, women who come to Ruskin say that WS has changed
their lives. We are currently recruiting for both the Certificate
(equivalent of year 1 of an undergraduate degree and a very
good grounding) and the post graduate Masters (sic!!).
They both start in October and both run over 2 years, part
time, through 3-day residential workshops - see the website:
and go to Women's Studies.
If you want paper copies of the general WS leaflet attached,
or specific MA leaflets, please contact HANNAH JONES, admissions
officer (see CC). And email me if you want to know more.
All the best to all of you and many thanks
Director MA International Labour and Trade Union Studies
Oxford OX1 2HE
direct line 01865 517806
Women in UNISONScotland:
Click here for UNISON Scotland Who's Who page
About Self Organisation
To make sure all our members have a voice in the union, UNISON
members have set up 'self-organised groups' to provide a voice
for people who are traditionally under represented. UNISON has
groups at national, regional and local level for women, lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender members, black members and disabled
members. These groups are designed to be self-organising but also
integral to the union's structures.