Category Archives: Women

Branch Newsletter February 2018

The latest branch newsletter is available.

Features include:

  • Health & Safety Spotlight – Stress At Work
  • What Have The Trade Unions Ever Done For Us – SOT Council no longer attacking terms and conditions for those who work unsocial hours
  • Did you ever wonder where Unison’s colours came from?
  • Ever wondered how your Local Government Pension is invested?
  • When did women get the right to vote and what was the Representation Of The People Act?
  • There For You – Unison’s Welfare Service For Members

Well worth a read – February 2018

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Did you every wonder where Unison’s colours came from?

Does the colour scheme on the medal look familiar to you? Do you know what it is?  Well, it is actually a hunger strike medal from the women’s suffrage movement and represents the colours of the suffragettes.   In 1908 the women’s Social and Political Union or WSPU adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green which would distinguish them in the political movement. Emmelin Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper Votes For Women wrote “Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, white stands for purity in private and public life and green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.”

Unison Retired Members Conference 10-11 October 2017

The branch retired member’s secretary attended the National Retired Members Conference in Llandudno 10-11 October 2017.

Topics discussed include:

  • WASPI
  • Issues faced by the disabled
  • Social care provision
  • The problems of means testing

The report is well worth a read – Retired Conference 10-11 Oct 2017

For more information on Unison Retired Members nationally visit – https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/retired-members/

If you are interested in becoming a retired member  please contact the branch – telephone 01782 236750 or email ul-stokecity@unison.org.uk

Report On Unison National Women’s Conference Brighton

Our delegate has provided a most detailed report on the following wide range of topics.

  • M1 Zero Hours Contracts – closing the loopholes
  • M6 The Wage Penalty of Motherhood
  • M7 Pregnancy discrimination
  • M8 Women and the cuts – strategies for local campaigning
  • M9 Cuts to domestic abuse support services
  • M10 Where next with the Housing crisis for women?
  • M11 Abortion rights in Northern Ireland
  • M12 Abortion Rights 50 Years since the 1967 Act
  • M13 Proportionality
  • M14 Gender wage gap widens for women with children
  • M15 Equal pay and Black Women
  • M16 Lack of Black women participation in UNISON
  • M17 Young women must not suffer under Brexit
  • M18 Brexit- the women’s voice
  • M19 IMPACT OF EU EXIT AND WOMEN
  • M20 Increasing diversity at women’s conference
  • M21 Protecting the right of EU Women working in social care
  • M22 The Trade Union Act and the government’s austerity cuts and their impact on disabled women
  • M23 Sexual harassment is rife at work
  • M24 Overexposed and underprepared
  • M25 Working with dementia
  • M26 Why Sickle Cell matters
  • M27 Dress Code Inquiry
  • M28 Modern Slavery – Closer Than You Think
  • M29 safe travel
  • M30 Driver only trains deny accessible support for disabled women
  • M31 Bus Services in Crisis
  • M32 The State of girls’ rights in the UK
  • M33 International Day of the Girl Child
  • M036 Standing together to say no place for hate
  • Composite A PENSIONS
  • Composite B ISTANBUL
  • EM002 Child marriage is child labour
  • EM003 A Career in the NHS – still an option for women?
  • EM005 Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
  • EM006 Our girls need high quality inclusive Sex and Relationship Education
  • EM007 The election of Donald Trump and its implications for Women’s Rights on a global scale

It is well worth a read – Brighton Women’s Conference 2017