Tag Archives: women

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 […]

Davena Rankin to chair STUC Women’s Conference

#stucwomen16 UNISON’s Davena Rankin will chair the 89th Annual STUC Women’s Conference on Friday 28 and Saturday 29th October 2016 in the Concert Hall, Perth. Davena is branch secretary at Glasgow Caledonian University, chair of the STUC Women’s Committee, chair of UNISON Scotland’s Women’s Committee and she sits on the union’s National Executive Council. In her sororial message […]

Changes to state pension hit women hardest

#uNDC16 The new single tier pension introduced in April is discriminatory towards women as most cannot accrue the same pension as men because of low pay, part-time working, zero hours contracts and time off for caring responsibilities. Women born between April 1951 and April 1953 will not receive a state pension at all, despite men […]

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 […]

STUC Women’s Committee – fighting for equality

#STUC16 UNISON’s Davena Rankin brought sororial greetings to the STUC Congress in her role as Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee. Davena slammed the impact of the Tory austerity which have hit women and children the hardest. “Since 2010, 86% of all of the austerity measures have been funded by women and children. “The effect […]