Women in the UK’s public services repeatedly denied flexible-work requests, says UNISON

Inconsistent, rigid and unimaginative employers are denying individuals the flexibility they need

Women and trade unions

Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a more equal society. To celebrate Women’s History Month we’ve put together a timeline of some of the key dates for women and the trade union movement.

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Blog: The menopause really is a workplace issue

UNISON is marking World Menopause Day by stressing that just a few changes in the working environment can make the world of difference to working women

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Help boost protection for pregnant women and new parents

UNISON has been working with Dan Jarvis MP on the issue and with a second reading of a private member’s bill due this Friday, you can help ensure it gains support

Hundreds of protestors hold pro-abortion placards

UNISON backs abortion rights and decriminalisation

Abortion is still illegal in the UK, with a recent report revealing that a woman was arrested straight after a stillbirth in Cornwall and remains under investigation

Blog: Why attacks on legal abortion are a trade union matter

A leaked opinion from the US supreme court has suggested that abortion there could be severely limited. Anne McVicker, chair of national women’s committee, and Liz Wheatley, chair of the international committee, explain why this matters to UNISON

Mayor of London announces ground-breaking menopause policy

The new policy, which was created in conjunction with UNISON and announced on International Women’s day, will apply to all workers at City Hall

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UNISON general secretary calls on men to stand ‘beside’ women

Christina McAnea addresses women’s conference and stresses the need for the union to be more representative of its million female members

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UNISON women convene for annual conference

Opening debates see delegates discuss how to increase proportionality within the union, particularly for part-time women workers, who represent a large part of the membership

Low pay, high impact

Some of UNISON’s lowest-paid women members are representing the needs of fellow workers from different levels of the union’s leadership

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UNISON welcomes government pledge to end violence at work

ILO convention says no one should be in fear of physical, physiological or sexual violence from just going about their daily work

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Blog: The great state pension rip-off

Cutting the relative value of the state pension is a false economy and likely to increase welfare support

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UNISON welcomes new law to prevent sexual harassment at work

Government set to introduce mandatory duty on employers to protect staff by introducing explicit protections from third-party harassment

From Cardiff to Chad: a neonatal nurse’s extraordinary career

Angela Gorman recalls the inspiration for a charity that has saved the lives of thousands of pregnant women in Africa

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Taking the reins of power

With Kamala Harris making history as America’s first female vice-president, Amanda Kendal reflects on the value of having women in positions of authority

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