Women and trade unions

Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a better society. To celebrate #heartunions week and women’s conference we’ve put together a timeline of some of the key dates for women and the trade union movement

‘The real challenges’ of caring

Women share their experience as carers at Brighton conference

Beach barbecues, feminist craft, prostitution talks and hula hooping…

Conventional and unconventional approaches to recruitment debated at women’s conference


University workers still not ‘all in it together’

UNISON condemns growing pay gap in higher education as new port shows tht senior managers’ pay grew by 3% last year

‘We have always overcome obstacles in our way’

UNISON president Wendy Nichols opens women’s conference in Brighton with call to action


UNISON Scotland mounts day of action against austerity

Members across the country call on Edinburgh parliament to use its powers to protect and fund local services people rely on


♡ UNISON: the union has empowered me to speak up

Polly Smith is a homecare worker

Gwynedd council to pay school assistant fees

UNISON Cymry / Wales lobbying sees seventh council agree to pay new annual registration fees for school staff


Dave Prentis takes UNISON support to doctors’ picket lines

General secretary offers support to BMA action on visit to pickets at his local hospital in north London

UNISON stands behind the junior doctors

UNISON stands behind the junior doctors as they stand up for their rights at work and for patient safety, but unfortunately these attacks will come as no surprise to student nurses

UNISON says junior doctors have its full support

Commenting on the second day of strike action by junior doctors over threatened cuts to the pay they get for working at weekends and at nights, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Hunt has singlehandedly managed to publically alienate vital medical professionals who now feel they have no choice but to take strike action […]

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Meet the two Elaines speaking up for libraries

Elaine Brooks has worked in libraries all her life, and so has her friend and fellow UNISON member Elaine Cotterell: today they travelled to London to speak up for libraries

Our Services Our Say – and UNISON members at the sharp end

UNISON has always argued that public services must stay public unless there is an evidenced ‘public interest case’ to prove otherwise. So we welcome the Our Services Our Say campaign which puts the case forward about the fundamental importance of public services to society and communities.


UNISON and the big workplace meeting

Across the country, members join together to celebrate trade unions


‘Why I ♡ UNISON? It saved me from losing my job, my home, my whole way of life’

The issue of losing my tax credits was keeping me awake at night: as a single mum I didn’t know how I was going to provide for my family