Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

In every UNISON region there are agencies that support women survivors of childhood sexual abuse by providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for women to address the issues arising from their experiences of childhood sexual abuse. These agencies can also act as an information and signpost agency for adult survivors, their families, friends and […]

Facilitation Services and Support in UNISON

Women’s role in society as the main carer makes it difficult for them to participate in UNISON without access to a facilitation service which provides for the full range of caring responsibilities that women undertake. Guidelines for members on the types of facilitation that can be put in place by UNISON, or can be arranged […]

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 […]

Representation on Outside Bodies

Conference notes that although there has been progress within UNISON towards encouraging proportionality, women are still under-represented within the wider trade union movement. Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to encourage women’s participation as delegates to local trade union councils and other organisations to which branches are affiliated.

Negotiating Priorities for Women

National Women’s Conference welcomes the new legislation on improving maternity and paternity rights. However, women recognise that this is a starting point only for improving parents’ and carers’ rights in the workplace. Linked to this is negotiating enhanced national childcare provision looking beyond the statutory limit and seeking to campaign for a right to flexible […]

Women, Discrimination and the Union

Conference recognises that women who are active in the union have a commitment to supporting, encouraging and developing women members to enable them to deal with the many and varied problems arising from work. Conference also recognises that in providing a quality service to members, women activists are often discriminated against at branch and regional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]