WOMEN TACKLING POVERTY

It is a tragedy that in the 21st century poverty remains a reality in Britain today. With a looming recession the situation is likely to get worse. UNISON’s Northern Region suffers with higher deprivation than any other part of the country outside London. This affects women’s life chances, health and well being, educational attainment and […]

BREAST FEEDING, BREAST CARE

In September 2008, there were distressing reports from China of many infant deaths because their formula milk had been corrupted with melamine. Previously as a predominantly rural/agricultural nation most of the tragic victims would have been almost exclusively fed on their mother’s breast milk. In the rapid expansion of China’s struggle to become an industrialised […]

PROMOTING A POSITIVE FEMALE IMAGE WITHIN UNISON

In October 2008 the Post Office released a set of commemorative stamps celebrating the contribution of women who have sought to progress women’s issues throughout history. They include amongst others, Marie Stopes, a frontierswoman on the use and availability of birth control, Barbara Castle for her work to bring about the implementation of the Equal […]

MATERNITY RIGHTS

Conference believes that there is a need for an increase in the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). Many new mothers are forced to return to work earlier than the would like due to financial considerations. These new mothers lose out on precious time with their babies as they simply cannot afford to remain at home. Some […]

DELIVERING THE CORSTON REPORT – WOMEN IN PRISONS

This National Women’s Conference welcomes the Government commissioned Corston Report and its recommendations in respect of women in prisons in the UK. In particular, the recommendations of small multifunctional non custodial centres widely dispersed across the country. As the Corston Report states prison is not the best place for non violent women offenders that do […]

PREGNANT WOMEN AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

This National Women’s Conference is concerned at the impact that substance abuse can have on pregnant women and their babies. Substances that can affect the foetus are: 1)Cannabis 2)Heroin 3)Methadone 4)Cocaine 5)Crack cocaine 6)Crystal methamphetamine 7)Prescription drugs 8)Nicotine 9)Alcohol Education on the hazards of misusing substances during pregnancy is urgently required and the Government should […]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Domestic violence continues to be a matter of concern to women in UNISON. Despite the fact that there have been many motions to the National Women’s Conference on this issue there are still many of our employers who do not have domestic violence policies for their own staff. Given the increase in the use of […]

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

Delete Standing Order 2.4.7 and replace with : 7.The Standing Orders Committee will, from time to time, issue guidelines in order to assist with the smooth running of Conference and submission of motions and amendments. Such guidelines shall be consistent with these Standing Orders and amendments will be ratified by the Standing Orders Committee at […]

STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

Add new Standing Order 2.4.8 8.Any guidance issued by SOC will be reviewed by SOC following each National Women’s Conference to ensure the guidance continues to be fit for purpose.

MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS

Add new second sentence to standing order 3.3 Such motion or amendment shall be in writing and signed by the appropriate persons from the body on whose behalf it is submitted.

MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS RIGHT TO SPEAK

Delete standing order 3.5.2 and standing order 5.3, replace with : 3.5.2in the absence of a delegate of the branch, the motion or amendment may be moved by the Regional Delegate from the region to which that branch belongs, only where prior notification has been given to the Standing Orders Committee, but may not be […]

CONDUCT OF CONFERENCES

Delete standing order 4.1.1 and replace with 4.1.1such members of staff as have been authorised by the General Secretary to attend Conference

RIGHT TO SPEAK

Standing Order 5.1 Insert “nominated” between “those” and “persons” in the first sentence.

LIMIT OF SPEECHES

Add new standing order 14.4 14.4The Chair shall, at their discretion, extend a particular speaker’s time limit if their access requirements have an impact on speaking time.

GROUPED DEBATES AND SEQUENTIAL VOTING

Add new final sentence to standing order 16.1 This is subject to the agreement of the parties that submitted the motions.