TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND GIRLS – A TRADE UNION ISSUE

Conference recognises that there is a considerable problem with trafficking of women for use as prostitutes throughout the United Kingdom. This is an issue, which may be predominant in the big cities but has permeated into all areas of the country. However conference recognises that trafficking is not just an issue for women being brought […]

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT – YOUNG WOMEN AND PENSIONS

In 2007, research by a private bank showed that over half of women aged between 35 and 44 had made no pension provision – apparently believing that they could rely on either their husband or an inheritance to ensure that they did not spend their latter years in poverty. With the credit crunch biting, soaring […]

MATERNITY AND CARERS RIGHTS

Conference welcomes the new rights for parents and carers which were introduced in the Work and Families Act 2007, particularly the increases in statutory maternity and adoption pay and allowances, and the removal of the length of service requirement for Additional Maternity Leave. However, conference notes that, largely due to the efforts of UNISON in […]

THE INDEPENDENT SAFEGUARDING AUTHORITY

Conference notes that The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is a new public body which is being created with the intention of preventing unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. From October 2009, all individuals working or volunteering with vulnerable adults or children will be required to register with the ISA. This will affect […]

THE EQUALITY BILL AND PROCUREMENT

Conference welcomes the new measures announced in the Government’s Equality Bill aimed at tackling inequality in the workplace, but believes that the proposals do not go far enough. In its response to the consultation on the bill, UNISON had raised concerns that whilst the duties may be extended across all strands, the actual requirements within […]

TAXING THE POOR

Conference is appalled at the government’s decision to abolish the 10p tax rate, a decision which forces more than five million workers up into the twenty per cent tax bracket and which adversely affects people in the poorer half of the population, those earning less than £18,000 per annum. Despite the government announcing some further […]

ETHIOPIAN WOMEN AND FISTULA

In Ethiopia seventy five per cernt of the population live, on average, two and half days walk from an all-weather road. There are few maternity medical services and as a result approx nine thousand women each year will develop an obstetric fistula (a hole in the birth canal). Fistulas can be caused by rape but […]

A MILLION WOMEN RISING IN UNISON

This conference notes with increasing concern the seeming lack of increased participation and activism of women in a union that is proud to have a million plus women in membership. In order to establish where we are it is essential that we have accurate and current data; that will give us a baseline on which […]

RAPE CRISIS

Conference applauds the National Women’s Committee for its previously undertaken work on sexual violence and the conference policy decisions to support the work of Rape Crisis. However there is much still to do. Conference believes that rape crisis centres are essential and distinctly different in their role to the government created Sexual Assault Referral Centres […]

MILLION WOMEN RISE AGAIN

Conference congratulates the Million Women Rise Coalition (MWRC) on the success of the 2008 march and rally which saw over 5,000 women and girls gathered in London to protest male violence against women and endemic gender discrimination. The rally was addressed by a range of inspiring speakers from across the country, representing a broad spectrum […]

EQUALITY MEANS = REALLY MAKING IT HAPPEN

Equality is at the very heart of UNISON, and one of the union’s stated aims is to promote equality and challenge discrimination, so Conference applauds the arrival of the UNISON equality scheme. The UNISON equality scheme has meant that every region, department and service group of UNISON now has a two year equality action plan […]

RECOGNISING THE NEED FOR BME WOMEN’S SERVICES

Conference congratulates Southall Black Sisters (SBS) for their victory in the High Court in July 2008 when they challenged Ealing Council’s interpretation of the Race Relations Amendment Act and helped secure the future of BME women’s services. SBS were forced to take their case to the High Court when Ealing Council withdrew funding from the […]

OVARIAN CANCER

Ovarian cancer is still the fourth most common cause of death from cancer amongst women in the UK. Every year about six thousand women in the UK are diagnosed with this disease, the majority of these cases only have a few symptoms, which are treated as other illnesses until finally being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. […]

CAMPAIGN FOR A BREAST CANCER FREE FUTURE

Conference believes that all girls and women should have a future free from the fear of breast cancer. Conference supports the Government, the NHS and its staff in their continued commitment to improve breast cancer services in order to make the vision of a future free from the fear of breast cancer a reality for […]