Woman's Officer position is currently vacant.
Contact the branch office if your interested in this important position.
Working parents – particularly mothers – are in an impossible situation this lockdown. UNISON is calling for paid parental leave to support them
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.
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.
The Gender Equality in the workplace 2020 survey is now live. (https://bit.ly/3cLnO5l) Please 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.
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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.
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
|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...|
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
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