Women in UNISON

Women in UNISONWomen form the majority of UNISON members in Scotland. UNISON structures like ‘proportionality’ attempt to make sure that the women are represented at all levels in the union, at least at a level that reflects their proportion of the membership. If the membership is 65% women, then the leadership should be at least 65% women.

Women’s Organisation in UNISONScotland addresses the discrimination women face and provides a forum and structures to promote issues that particularly affect women in the workplace and in society in general. Family care, low pay and domestic violence are just some examples of our campaigns. See also the UK Women’s pages.

Latest updates

Empowering and inspiring women – UNISON Women’s Conference

#uwomen20 Kate Ramsden gives an overview of Women’s Conference 2020 and also hears from two first time Scottish delegates, Alice ... Read More

Inspiring women inspiring women

#uwomen20 Women’s conference unanimously backed a call from Scotland to take a lead in telling women’s stories in order to ... Read More

Keeping conference right – the role of the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee

Scotland’s representative on the National Women’s Standing Orders Committee (SOC) Dianne O’Donnell, shares her experience in this busy role. This ... Read More

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Events and Publications

Conference pledges to step up protection of abortion rights

Katrina Murray
A week on from the historic decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, #stucwomen19 Women’s conference backed a range of measures ...
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We need a new vision for our society and women must be to the fore

Grahame Smith
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, addressed Women’s Conference and committed that the STUC would continue to mainstream women’s issues. He ...
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STUC Women’s Conference – Fighting poverty, inspiring women

STUC Women's Conference 2019
Fifteen women will be representing UNISON at the 92nd Annual STUC Women’s Conference #stucwomen19 on 28 and 29 October in ...
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We are the women who stand together – and we make Glasgow

Sylvia Haughney
#stucwomen18  Equal pay strikers, UNISON’s Sylvia Haughney and the GMB’s Shona Thomson, got the STUC Women’s Conference rocking with great ...
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Glasgow women get conference rocking

Sylvia Haughney and Shona Thomson
#stucwomen18 UNISON and GMB delegates and Equal pay strikers Sylvia Haughney and Shona Thomson holding the speeches that got the ...
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Challenging the commodification of sex

Dr. Davena Rankin
Backing a Fire Brigades Union motion, UNISON's Davena Rankin called for a campaign to expose the social causes of prostitution, ...
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May 2012: The Coalition Government are apparently proposing to reduce current maternity leave. Click here for what you can do…

Supporting Palestinian Women – the STUC Womens Committee have completed a briefing and have developed a link with women in Gaza and Bethlehem (please click here for more details PDF)

More on the archived UNISON Scotland website