Category Archives: Women

Equality audit is a wakeup call to councils and government

UNISON response to the Account Commission’s report: Equal Pay in Scottish Councils, published by Audit Scotland: The Account Commission’s analysis of equal pay in Scottish local government is an urgent wakeup call to councils, councillors and the Scottish government. The in-depth audit of 18 years negotiation and litigation on equal pay in Scottish councils contains shocking […]

UNISON win second big equal pay victory in Glasgow

UNISON Scotland has won a second big equal pay victory today (Friday) which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. The successful appeal to the Court of Session concerns UNISON’s challenge to the Glasgow City Council’s Workforce, Pay and Benefits Review. In 2006, UNISON was not satisfied with the council’s way of measuring the […]

Low-paid women will welcome MSPs equality plan, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s report on pay equality and says it gives hope to low-paid women. The report by the Economy and Fair Work Committee, published today (Monday), gives comprehensive and detailed recommendations to promote pay equality and tackle the enduring 16% pay gap between women and men. Recommendations include: • The […]

Drop the 1% pay cap in the NHS

#stucwomen16 The STUC Women’s Committee is to lobby Scottish Government to break the public sector pay cap following a call from the Royal College of Midwives. The RCM’s first ever motion to the STUC Women’s Conference was supported by UNISON’s Viv Thomson. In 2010, the UK Government imposed a pay freeze followed by a pay […]

Many Roles, Many Barriers – call for joint work across equality groups

The STUC Women’s Conference has called for more joint work across STUC equalities committees to tackle gender discrimination. The Women’s Committee motion, backed by UNISON’s Sally George – a first time delegate – stressed the importance of keeping a focus on gender-specific issues, but also argued that, if we are to truly tackle gender discrimination, […]

Conference slams pension change that left women’s retirement plans in chaos

UNISON Scotland has won STUC Women’s Conference backing for a campaign against Government pension cuts that have left millions of women’s retirement plans in chaos. Moving the motion, UNISON’s Viv Thomson praised the work of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign in fighting ‘equalisation’ measures that have hit women born before 6 April 1951, pushing […]

Many roles, many barriers. Davena Rankin – first black chair of STUC Women’s Committee

#stucwomen16 UNISON’s Davena Rankin is chairing this year’s STUC Women’s Conference. Here is her speech in full opening today’s proceedings. I have had the honour and privilege of chairing the STUC Women’s Committee in the past year. I am the first Black chair of the Committee and with the support of the Committee, decided that […]

Right to choose is a class issue

#STUC16 The last business in a rushed afternoon was the emergency motion on abortion. Because of the time restriction, UNISON’s Davena Rankin limited her speech to just one aspect of the motion. Here we print her short but powerful speech in full. “The 1967 Abortion Act was never applied to Northern Ireland – something we […]

Time to make equal pay a reality for women

#STUC16 The STUC is calling for equal pay to be a manifesto commitment for all parties ahead of the Scottish  election and for the establishment of  an  “Equal Pay Employer Scheme” to provide accreditation for equal pay employers. Supporting the University and College Union motion, UNISON’s Davena Rankin, who is also the Chair of the […]