Category Archives: Conference

Conference – a summary

The cloud of the tragic events in London and Manchester has hung heavy over Conference this week. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, whatever the causes, threw into focus the reality of the divide in a Tory UK between obscene wealth and inexcusable poverty. The need to address that was reflected in policies we […]



Standing together for LGBT equality

UNISON research carried out in 2013 and recently updated has found that LGBT members have been disproportionately hit by cuts. LGBT people are facing greater financial hardship, increased marginalisation and invisibility at the same time as specialised LGBT services are slashed. UNISON will publicise the research findings as part of the union’s anti-austerity campaign focussing […]



Union must continue to support women’s right to choose

Conference agreed to call on all relevant national bodies to encourage our members to hold events to promote the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act and to raise the profile of the Abortion Rights Campaign. Speaking for the NEC, UNISON Scotland’s Davena Rankin reminded delegates that UNISON has supported a women’s right to choose […]



Jane Carolan NEC – Thank you to Scotland

It has been my privilege to represent Scottish District (NALGO) and Scottish Region (UNISON) nationally for 30 years. First you put me on to the Women’s Committee, then the inaugural Local Government Service Group, then in 1997 on to the NEC. I’m pretty sure that only two people in Scotland have a longer record of […]



There must be support for members living with mental ill health

Speaker after speaker bravely shared their own experiences of living with mental ill health, as conference backed a motion from the National Disabled Members’ Committee, commending Cymru Wales Mental Health Champions scheme and calling on other Regions to adopt a similar initiative. Conference went on to support a motion from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Health […]



Protecting devolution in Brexit

During what has been dubbed “the Brexit debate” at conference, delegates backed Northern Ireland’s call to campaign for the devolution settlement to be respected throughout the process of developing and implementing the Great Repeal Bill. UNISON will press for legislative consent from the devolved nations and a commitment from the UK Government not to claw […]



Northern Ireland peace process must be protected – no hard border

UNISON will spearhead a campaign to protect the Northern Ireland peace agreement as a priority in EU exit negotiations, amidst fears that a hard Brexit will result in the return of a border across the island of Ireland which will damage its fragile but hard won peace. Scotland’s amendment highlighted the impact on Scotland, Wales […]



Rose raises a giggle backing young members

Retired Members’ delegate, Scotland’s Rose Jackson welcomed the rule change to increase the number of young members’ seats on the NEC to two. Rose said, “Like the mover of this rule amendment I’d like to say straight up that I don’t stand to benefit out of this.” To laughter she added, “I know this is […]