Mentoring and Developing Grassroots Women of Unison

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2022 Virtual National Women's Conference
15 October 2021
Carried as Amended

Unison is committed to proportionality for women but the reality is that in many branches this does not happen. By the time women have done their jobs, looked after the children and their homes, checked on their elderly parents and helped with homework, there is little time to sit and map out what they need to do to develop their whole careers for the future including becoming active in Unison

Male activists are more able to become active at an early age

Unison has a lot of training and education that is targeted specifically at women however there is no one-stop shop that takes women wishing to develop in the branch from confidence building to running the branch and developing a campaign for election to committees and national level. This is badly needed to ensure proportionality in branches and to provide wider choice in succession planning and competition for committees.

Providing a comprehensive mentoring and development plan for women will enable women to receive the appropriate education and advice to enable them to participate at all levels within branches, regions and nationally.

While we acknowledge the work LAOS has done in training packages on mentoring for staff we believe that women mentoring women at branch levels is vital to bring women into activism within Unison to support women’s agenda around barriers and constraints women face

We ask National Women’s Committee to

1)Work with LAOS to create women specific training and mentoring packages to support branches to deliver as well as creating an easy access site for the programmes and training.

2. Work with regional women’s networks to implement a plan of action to help develop women to become active on all levels to understand the Unison structures and workings at all levels

3. Work with other such Unison bodies as they deem necessary to provide a comprehensive and accessible mentoring and development scheme for women that will assist with proportionality and succession planning for our union.

4. NWC report back to women’s conference 2023 on progress of the mentoring packages