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.

Beach barbecues, feminist craft, prostitution talks and hula hooping…

Conventional and unconventional approaches to recruitment debated at women’s conference

UNISON and the big workplace meeting

Across the country, members join together to celebrate trade unions

‘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

♡ UNISON: ‘come together’ urges Wendy Nichols

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

Striking makes a difference

During Heart UNISON week it’s worth remembering that while taking strike action is never easy, the results can make a huge difference to people’s lives

UNISON celebrates trade unions in the community

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

♡ UNISON: the union is improving the health trust I work for

I work with people who have memory problems. I’m a community psychiatric nurse so I go to the homes of people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

two hospital chefs

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: 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: it encouraged me to become the person I am

‘UNISON has backed me up … has encouraged me to become the person I am’

♡ UNISON: because we fight for equal pay

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

♡ UNISON: it’s there to back you up

UNISON is a group of people having the same interests and the same cause