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Women and trade unions

Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a better society. To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve put together a timeline of some of their key achievements

We all showed our love for UNISON

#heartunions was back for 2017 and the energy and enthusiasm of our members and activists did UNISON proud.

Blog: Heart unions and celebrate our victories past and future

Let’s celebrate unions; let’s celebrate UNISON; let’s celebrate the victories of the past, and those that are yet to come

♡ UNISON: the union launched me on a learning journey

Louise Evans says the first step is the hardest, but the climb gets a little easier with each step you take

♡ UNISON: it’s helping me to help others

Jane Collier is an occupational therapist and branch education officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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♡ UNISON: the union has empowered me to speak up

Polly Smith is a homecare worker

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‘Why I ♡ UNISON? It saved me from losing my job, my home, my whole way of life’

The issue of losing my tax credits was keeping me awake at night: as a single mum I didn’t know how I was going to provide for my family

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♡ UNISON: ‘come together’ urges Wendy Nichols

UNISON president issues call as activists and members get out and about to spread pride in the union

UNISON celebrates trade unions in the community

Cymru Wales members will be taking to high streets and workplaces next week to celebrate union achievements

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♡ UNISON: it’s a life saver

Health and safety saves lives, and UNISON reps are at the forefront of that work

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MPs warned of short-termist threat to NHS support roles

NHS needs to operate as one team in the interests of joined-up, high-quality patient care

♡ UNISON: it stands up for the whole NHS team

Annette is a medical secretary in Scotland who loves that UNISON stands up for the whole NHS

♡ UNISON: it brought me out of my shell

I spend my days talking to members of the public on the phone, answering their queries on environmental issues, from planning and environmental health to housing repairs like a broken toilet

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♡ UNISON: recognising the members who keep us all safe

Health and safety rep of the year awards highlight key work of union and our reps

♡ UNISON: because we fight for equal pay

‘Work with us, in partnership with employers rather than as adversaries, to close the gender pay gap’