Women’s Activism in the Police Service

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Police Staff Service Group Conference 2006
17 July 2006

Conference is concerned that police branches may be having some difficulties in encouraging women activists and women’s participation in branch activities. As the largest trade union in the UK with one million women members it is important to ensure that women are represented at all levels of the trade union. It is recognised that the involvement of women who often find themselves excluded due to work and home commitments is difficult to achieve and that branches and committees need to be more proactive in their encouragement and support of women.

In achieving the aims and objective of UNISON within the Police Service

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to:

1)encourage Regional Police Staff Committees to survey branches to assess what levels and activities women are taking part in branches and to assess what positions women are holding within the UNISON Police Staff lay structure;

2)consider the feasibility of a mentoring scheme at national, regional and local level to encourage women to take part in trade union activities;

3)proactively publicise and facilitate self-organisation within the Police Staff Service Group.