Category Archives: Women

End period poverty consultation

A proposal for a Bill to ensure free access to sanitary products, including in schools, colleges and universities. Monica Lennon MSP has lodged a proposal to ensure free access to sanitary products, including in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland, to ensure that everyone who needs access to products during menstruation can receive them. Respond […]

Menopause in Work survey

The Menopause in Work survey, which was launched at the STUC women’s conference in Glenrothes on 30th October, is open until 1st December 2017. The STUC women’s committee is interested in investigating how Scottish employers are responding to menopause in work and what the experiences of women in the workplace are. We would like you […]

STUC needs your views on hate crime law

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on hate crime legislation. Across the STUC’s equality structures trade union members have raised concerns about hate crime and highlighted examples of how hate crime has affected them in their lives or at work. It is clear from these discussions and debates that hate crime is a workplace issue. As […]

UNISON Scotland Women’s Networking Day 25 Nov

UNISON now has over 70% women in its membership.  The majority work in our public services and, despite cutbacks and the Government’s misguided project of austerity, they are keeping essential services running against the odds. The Scottish Women’s Committee is keen to engage with these women and hear their stories. Consequently we have organised a […]

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 […]