From Sandra Kennie
The STUC Womens Committee has changed its working practice
this year and has moved away from all formal committee
meeting to a mixture of formal and campaigning meetings.
The campaigning meetings have four task groups to take
forward the Women's agenda.
Task Group 1 - Strategy and Communications
This group has had a meeting with Jackie Ballie MSP
to identify future opportunities and areas where they
can work together to further the Women's Agenda, they
have also met with Kate Maclean MSP where they discussed
a number of issued around the Women's Agenda.
Task Group 2 - Workplace and Employment
This group has work with the E O C on Equal Pay, on
producing a charter for the Prevention of Bullying and
Harassment, and the secretary has given a presentation
to the D T I on the S T U C view's on work-life balance,
parental leave and maternity/paternity leave.
Task Group - 3 Representation and Participation
This group's remit is to examine how to take forward
increasing the participation and representation of women..
They have had meeting with the orginal members of the
Women's Co-ordination group to resurrect the 50/50 campaign.
They have also made submission to the Government's consultation
on Public Appointments.
Task Group 4 - Health and Safety
This group have had meetings with Glasgow Rape Crisis,
Scottish Women's Aid and they have also contacted Susan
Deacon M S P, Margaret Smith and Rosie Illet requesting
meetings to take forward the Health issues of the Women's
The committee has also ran its very successful Women's
Weekend School and the topics of this years schools
have been, Know Your Rights, Presentation Skill,
Assertiveness, and Learning the Language. I have helped
the tutors on the Known Your Rights and Assertiveness
schools and the feed back from the women who attended
these schools was very positive, they found them beneficial
and a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn in.