UNISON Northern Ireland

Women's Committee

More than two thirds of UNISON members are women.

UNISON’s women’s member group (known as a self-organised group) campaigns for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.

It also supports campaigns aimed at improving women’s lives – for example, to change the law to protect women experiencing domestic violence, or to raise awareness of health issues which mainly affect women.

As a member of UNISON, you have the support and guidance of thousands of other women members, who face the same workplace challenges as you. If you encounter issues such as the gender pay gap or denial of your maternity rights, UNISON can help you with practical information, support and legal advice.

Women’s role in UNISON

Our women members’ role is much wider than campaigning for equality and against harassment.

Becoming a member means that you encourage and organise activity in every aspect of the workplace. As the majority of members, and the majority of the workforce in the public sector, women form the largest voice in UNISON and lead the organisation in nearly every activity.

Proportionality for women

UNISON is committed to proportionality and fair representation of women at every level of the organisation. We take positive action to encourage women to be active within UNISON. This means:

  • fair election processes for committees, right up to national level
  • seats reserved for women (including low-paid women) to ensure their voices are heard
  • training and education targeted specifically at women
  • childcare and support for mothers and those with dependants

 

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