Women members conference 2014

13 – 15 February 2014

The Brighton Centre

The national conference of UNISON’s women members’ self-organised group, to discuss issues and set policy affecting women members.

Registrations and enquiries

If you want to attend the conference, please contact your branch, who can register you as a delegate or visitor on the Online Conference System.

Venue and accommodation

The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GR

The venue

For more than 30 years, the council-run Brighton Centre has been a favourite UK venue for exhibitions, conferences, trade fairs, public shows, product launches, banquets and live entertainment. For more information, see the Brighton Centre’s website.

Travel arrangements

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel. Travel application forms are attached to the forthcoming conference bulletin.

Travel costs for delegates will be funded nationally; travel costs for visitors must be paid for by the branch.

Branches are responsible for funding their delegates’ and visitors’ attendance at conference. Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.


Branches are encouraged to arrange accommodation through VisitBrighton. Using this booking service supports the work of our members in local government and ensures our continuing ability, as a not-for-profit organisation, to secure preferential rates for our conference venues.

A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms for the conference online. Reservations can be made starting 1 March 2013 at this web address: http://resweb.passkey.com/go/uwc0214

You can also telephone VisitBrighton on 01273 292 626.

Who should attend

The scheme of branch representation provides for a national conference of women members with representatives from regional and branch groups, women members of the NEC and members of the national women’s committee, the national SOG committees and national young members’ forum.

Representation is on the basis outlined below, up to a maximum of five delegates:

1 – 2000 women members : 1 delegate
2001 – 4000 women members : 2 delegates
4001 – 8000 women members : 3 delegates
8001 – 12,000 women members: 4 delegates
12,001 + women members : 5 delegates

If you are uncertain how many women members there are in your branch, your regional RMS department will be able to advise you.

In line with all other UNISON conferences, the principles of proportionality and fair representation contained in the NEC’s Scheme of Branch Representation will be applied to encourage participation of groups such as young and low paid members in particular.

Contact the conference office

UNISON Conference Office, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Tel: 020 7121 5123