Women’s Issues in UNISON

The Branch is looking for a Women’s Officer? Are you interested in Women’s Rights?  Did you know that 78% of the Branch’s members are women?

Women’s Officer

Electing a branch women’s officer (BWO) offers the opportunity to bring about important changes for women in the workplace. UNISON can provide training for the role, and the BWO can network and work collaboratively with other branch women’s officers in their area. They can become involved in the regional women’s committee/ forum or network, attend national women’s conference and help UNISON agree its work plan priorities for the national women’s committee. The branch women’s officer is an important role in UNISON.

Key Tasks relating to the post of Women’s Officer include:

  • identifying women members of the branch, and liaising with the branch committee on progress towards proportionality
  • being a focal point for women’s issues for members and raising issues affecting women, particularly those with service conditions implications, with the branch committee
  • building links with women’s sector organisations and where appropriate signposting to specialist organisations for women (domestic abuse/Rape Crisis) and assisting in negotiations on employer policies on violence against women
  • supporting women in their issues generally and campaigning on issues that are important to women
  • organising a women’s group and identifying concerns
  • ensuring that the branch has a wide range of resources for women, such as books, videos and leaflets, and making these resources accessible to all women in the branch.

The Women’s Officer is a voluntary Branch Officer role, but receives an annual honoraria and is elected annually at the Branch AGM in the Spring, however, we can op-opt any vacant Branch Officer position at our monthly Branch Committee Meeting and you are not obliged to stay in your role for the full term and can leave at any point.

Would you like to attend UNISON’s National Women’s Conference?

The Branch are entitled to send 3 delegates to our 2024 Women’s Conference which will take place in Brighton Thursday, 15 – Saturday, 17 February 2024, one of which must be a low paid member (paid £11.80 per hour or less).

Attending conference offers members a great insight into UNISON’s work and and inspires a lot of members to become more active in their branch and the wider Union.

The Branch covers all travel, accommodation, meals and childcare and will contact your employer in an attempt to negotiate paid time off from work to attend.

The deadline for registration is Thursday, 23 November 2023.

For more information on UNISON’s 2024 Women’s Conference, please visit click here

Please contact the Branch on 01228 583530 for more information and to register your interest.

Find out more about how UNISON is fighting for Women’s Equality in UNISON and get involved

Tackling Violence in the Workplace

Date:  22 November 2023

Time:  12.30pm – 1.30pm

Location:  Online via Zoom

To mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls on 25 November 2023, the National Women’s Committee has organised a webinar on Violence in the workplace and International Labour Organization Convention 190 (ILO C190).

This webinar will explore experiences of unions in dealing with violence in the workplace, including domestic violence and the experience of unions in putting forward C190 provisions on the collective bargaining discussion table and the role of the union in pressing for a bipartite protocol on violence and harassment in the workplace.

Speakers Include:

Verónica Montúfar – Equalities Officer, Public Services International (PSI), Ecuador.

Nayeli Fernández, The National Social Security Workers Union, Mexico

Veronica Black, Lead Professional Officer, New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association of Australia.

Register to Attend here