#MeToo One Year On

New research from the Fawcett Society has found that one year on from the outpouring of #MeToo stories, there has been a significant shift in attitudes to sexual harassment. According to the research released on 2 October by the Fawcett Society, the majority of people (53%) say that since #MeToo what is seen as acceptable […]

50 years of Choice for Women

The UNISON South East Regional Women’s Committee has for many years supported Abortion Rights UK, in line with National UNISON women’s policy. Recently Abortion Rights UK asked labour movement organisations to offer support and donate £50 to mark fifty years since abortion was legalised. The South East Regional Women’s Committee would be grateful if branches […]

Canterbury City UNISON: International Women’s Day Event

Linda Elvin and Natalia Sukhram of Canterbury City local government branch are still fairly new to being active in UNISON. They have attended the regional women’s forum for the last couple of years, attended national women’s conference for the first time in February and have completed a number of the courses in the Branch Women’s […]

Women’s History Month: meet our women activists

Meet Julia O’Connell, Branch Women’s Officer for Isle of Wight Local Government. This month we’re celebrating all things women, and what better way that to shine a light on some of our key women activists in the region? Our activists do thousands of different roles- from representing members in hearings, campaigning for equality in the workplace to leading local […]

Women’s History Month- meet our women activists

Meet Cathy Roblin, the Women’s Officer from Southampton District Branch. This month we’re celebrating all things women, and what better way that to shine a light on some of our key women activists in the region? Our activists do thousands of different roles- from representing members in hearings, campaigning for equality in the workplace to leading local recruitment activities. So, […]

Women’s History Month: Meet our women activists

This month we’re celebrating all things women, and what better way that to shine a light on some of our key women activists in the region? Our activists do thousands of different roles- from representing members in hearings, campaigning for equality in the workplace to leading local recruitment activities. So, if you are a UNISON member and want to […]

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 1908 Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. From the mid-eighteen hundreds onwards, women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women […]

Jo Wagstaffe: Young members active in UNISON

Jo is a young member from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Justice branch. She is a member of the South East Young Members’ Forum and also sits on National Young Members’ Forum.

Why I became active – Emma (ITE Senior Administrator)

Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step? I became a steward out of frustration! I walked into a UNISON meeting in our workplace (arranged by a local organiser), I was a little late following a disagreement with my line manager; the organiser turned to me as I walked through the door and […]

Minimum wage rates go up in April

The government has launched its campaign to raise awareness of the increase in national minimum wage rates – and the so-called national living wage – which will come into force on 1 April. The new rates are: 25 and over – £7.50 an hour; 21 to 24 – £7.05 an hour; 18 to 20 – […]