Dying, Death and Bereavement

Conference notes that due to: 1)women’s longevity; 2)the predominance of women in caring occupations; 3)women’s role as carers; women are more likely than men to encounter problems related to dying, death and bereavement. Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with the National Executive Council to develop guidance for members and stewards in […]

Pregnancy Related Sickness Absence

Conference notes the recent changes to maternity rights. However we remain concerned about employers’ absence management practices that disadvantage women who are or have been pregnant. Many employers record, actively manage and pursue capability procedures against employees whose attendance is affected by illness. Our concerns are that many pregnant women may have time off work […]

Domestic Violence and Legal Aid *

Conference notes the Government’s recent consultation paper on domestic violence entitled Safety and Justice. Conference welcomes the paper as a basis for discussion on improving responses to domestic violence. However, Conference believes that the paper does not go far enough in recognising the financial difficulties experienced by women who are ineligible for legal aid but […]

Women and Peace

Conference applauds a recent initiative between Palestinian and Israeli women to participate in the fragile peace process in the Middle East. The women believe they can have an impact on what is happening and that the perspective they will bring will be radical in terms of Middle East politics and could offer a solution to […]

The BNP and Women

Conference is appalled to learn that the British National Party (BNP) has been recruiting women as activists in an attempt to sanitise its image and present itself as a wholesome, family loving organisation. This seems to be part of a growing trend in the far right to recruit and involve more women with a view […]

Achieving Proportionality for Women at Non-Women only Conferences

UNISON is committed to achieving fair representation for women at all levels in the union. To achieve this, the rule book requires all elected bodies to achieve proportionality for women. This means women should be represented on the various UNISON committees and structures at least in proportion to the percentage of women in membership. Because […]

Safety and Justice/Domestic Violence

On 1 July 2003, David Blunkett presented Safety & Justice, the Government’s consultation exercise and proposals on tackling domestic violence. Whilst Conference broadly welcomes many of the proposals, we condemn the proposed changes to the legal aid process. Conference believes money should not be a factor when considering the protection of women and children from […]

Campaign to Legalise Prostitution

Conference recognises the discrimination and exploitation against sex workers who are mainly women. Conference also recognises that some sex workers are a vital sector in preventing the spread of HIV/Aids. It also believes a more open approach to commercial sex would also help protect children from abuse. When sex workers are treated as second class […]

Ten Years of Women in UNISON

July 2003 saw the tenth anniversary celebration of the formation of UNISON. One of the founding principles is proportionality and fair representation. However, it appears that this principle is not adhered to in many of our branches and women are not being fairly represented amongst branch officers. Our present system does not facilitate women to […]

Work-Life Balance

UNISON’s leaflet on Work Life Balance is probably one of the most important documents produced by UNISON, especially for women. Balancing work and family is one of the most important issues facing women today in the 21st century. The norm of yesterday is not always consistent with the reality of today and possible future trends. […]

Promoting UNISON – 10 years on

It is ten years into UNISON and still a lot of women members do not know the opportunities open to them within UNISON. The wide spread of workplaces and diversity of membership means that women members, especially those working in small units or alone, never get to know what UNISON can offer. Conference calls upon […]

Domestic Violence *

Women are most commonly the victims of violence and abuse, some on a daily basis. Historically, violence against women has not been treated as real crime. Evidence to support this is shown in the lack of severe sentencing or incarceration of perpetrators. Abuse is behaviour used to establish power and control over another person through […]