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Young women and the vaccine
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With vaccine hesitancy high among young women, three UNISON members share their experiences to reassure others that there’s nothing to fear.

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With more than a million women members, UNISON is always loud and proud for women’s rights at work. Here are just a couple of our recent wins

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Worried about your finances? UNISON can help

UNISON can offer a range of financial assistance for members – ranging from specific COVID-19 grants to debt advice, benefits advice and winter fuel grants

Julia O’Connell, the vice chair of UNISON’s national women’s committee, explains what’s it like to be pregnant – and working – during COVID-19

Notes of National Womens Conference courtesy of Lorna McCourt.

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Women’s Blog

Throughout the week UNISON Cymru Wales will be releasing a series of blogs about women involved in UNISON across the region. So far our blogs have featured Sarah Taylor and Angie Roberts. They have been shared via social media and can also be viewed via the following links: Sarah Taylor Angie Roberts.


Survey Launch

The Gender Equality in the workplace 2020 survey is now live. (https://bit.ly/3cLnO5lPlease share the survey as widely as possible. The survey does not take long to complete. Everyone can participate. The greater number of responses, the better the results. The survey will close 21 April.


#EachforEqual – International Women’s Day campaign theme

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is Each for Equal.


I have attached a blank pledge card for you to use.  I have asked people to complete the pledge by indicating what one thing they will do to achieve gender equality.


Please send me any of your pictures with the pledge card or in the #EachforEqual pose and we will include it in a short film later this week. You can see the#Eachforequal pose via our Instagram page. 


Best wishes,


Amber Courtney

Policy and Political Campaigning

Information Development Organiser

UNISON Cymru/Wales


Office: 02920 729 421

Mobile: 07908 143 412

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Delegates at UNISON women's conference, and general secretary Dave Prentis, hold up
Reports from UNISON women's conference

The largest women's conference in the UK – UNISON delegates speaking for more than a million women members – tackled a raft of issues when it met in Bournemouth over the weekend.

It also heard from a range of guest speakers, including UNISON’s Labour deputy leader nominee Angela Rayner, a member of our union; union president Josie Bird; assistant general secretary Christina McAnea and general secretary Dave Prentis.

The conference was also the venue for the launch of the union's new bargaining guide on fighting sexual harassment at work.

Josie Bird tells conference the union must continue to grow
Christina McAnea issues defiant message to Tories
Angela Rayner: rebel with a cause
Dave Prentis pledges: UNISON ‘will not abandon our fight’
Read more reports from women’s conference

Dave’s blog
Dave Prentis
Blog: Proud of our union and the strong women who have built it
Last week, we celebrated all that is great about our vibrant, growing union.

But in particular, we celebrated the strong women who have built this union and who I am always proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with.
Keep up to date with Dave at twitter.com/DavePrentis

News updates
Keir Starmer: The good fight
UNISON is backing Keir Starmer in the Labour leadership election. Amanda Kendal met him and finds out how he believes he can turn around the party’s fortunes.
Read our exclusive interview with Keir Starmer
Angela Rayner: ‘He spoke to me as a human being, not as a scally off the estate’
Angela Rayner talks to Demetrios Matheou about her journey from care worker to UNISON activist, to a Labour MP who is hoping to become the party’s deputy leader.
Read our exclusive interview with Angela Rayner
NEC report: UNISON leading the way
First executive meeting since December’s general election hears round-up of action in court and workplaces to defend workers.
Read the full report

Assistant general secretary sets out the scale of the challenge, but tells women’s conference that UNISON is in shape to meet it






Josie Bird tells conference the union must continue to grow, to provide even stronger opposition to the government

‘Sexual harassment is against the law, but the law doesn’t stop it happening‘

These are just some of the incredible UNISON women leading the way not only in our union, but across our labour movement. Their successes are something that we should be proud of and shout loudly about – as we encourage others to follow in their footsteps.


Sexual harassment isn't just a problem for celebrities. It's happening in ordinary workplaces, every day. And as the UK's largest women's organisation, we believe this has to change.

The government is currently consulting on whether current laws provide as much protection as they should. We believe they don't.

Please take part in the consultation – and encourage your members to as well through your newsletters and emails. Show the government sexual harassment affects us too.

Visit the campaign page and have your say

Why medics putting the answer for women facing pause in menopause is not the anormal transition of midlife, extended comment from regional organiser Darron Dupre about UNISON’s campaigning work with Velindre, Western Mail

This is why we're the home of women workers
There's still a lot to do before no-brainers like equal pay for equal work and no sexual harassment in the office are taken for granted. UNISON's assistant general secretary Christina McAnea discusses the union's three new female-focussed priorities.
Watch the film





Wonder woman

Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan recently addressed UNISON's women's conference – the largest gathering of women workers in the country. She's also an NHS A&E doctor, is a Muslim mother of two, speaks four languages, plays three musical instruments, sings and is an amateur boxer. This is no ordinary MP...
Read more about Rosena

Sexual harassment is completely unacceptable



20% fired after public sector sexual harassment claims, regional secretary Stephanie Thomas quoted, BBC Wales. Stephanie’s comment was not carried in full. Here is the full text provided to the BBC.



Stephanie Thomas, UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary said,

“Sexual harassment is completely unacceptable and there must be a zero-tolerance attitude towards abuse in the workplace. Public service employees expect to be treated with dignity and they need to know their employers will protect them and ensure the working environment is professional and respectful.


“UNISON is a predominantly female trade union and our healthcare workers, teaching assistants, cooks, carers, cleaners and many more tell us that equality at work is still a distant dream.


“Last year, UNISON surveyed female Welsh public service workers. 70 per cent of respondents said women have not achieved equality in the workplace and 60 per cent had witnessed or experienced sexism in the workplace. As well as suffering sexual harassment, women are belittled at work, called pet names, overlooked for promotion and frequently told to defer to husbands or male colleagues who ‘know better’.


“UNISON wants employers to talk to us about how to change this negative working environment to make sure all female workers feel valued and safe.”


Notes for editors

In March 2018, UNISON Cymru Wales polled 150 members across public services and found:


  • 70 per cent of respondents said women have NOT achieved equality in the workplace
  • Over 60 per cent of respondents have witnessed or experienced sexism in the workplace
  • 20 per cent of respondents felt unable or didn’t know how to challenge sexist behaviour
  • Nearly 60 per cent of respondents have made changes at work as the result of being a woman because of their domestic situation









Alastair Gittins


Information Development Organiser

UNISON Cymru/Wales


Office: 02920 729 453

Mobile: 07816 538 397


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