The biggest ever UNISON women’s conference, with more than 540 delegates, set out an organising agenda in Liverpool this afternoon to make sure that more low-paid women can play their part in the union.
Caroline Collinson, from Newcastle City branch, moved the first motion of conference, calling for organising among low-paid women to be a priority.
“It is vitally important that, within our branches, we map and identify our low-paid women workers so we can reach them,” she said.
“Low pay is a real and ongoing issue for women, as is the difference in pay between men and women which is still a big problem.”
Other speakers supported the motion and mentioned the difficulty part-time working women face in becoming more involved in their branch.
Conference agreed to:
- encourage branches to map low-paid women members;
- produce material specifically targeted at low-paid women that encourages them to become active within the union;
- encourage regions and branches to use the Getting the balance right toolkit to make sure the union’s principle of proportionality is met.
Find out more about Getting the balance right – a toolkit for achieving proportionality in UNISON