Women’s Conference Brighton -Day 2 afternoon session

This afternoons session began with a guest speaker Danielle Tiplady a student nurse, who informed of how she and her colleagues were fighting to save bursuries for student nurses within the NHS, she also told how she saw junior doctors in tears yesterday after Jeremy Hunts announcement to impose the new terms and conditions !!!

Dave Prentis,UNISON General Secretary despite having ‘man flu’, addressed conference and began by offering both his and Unisons support to Danielle and the fight she was about to embark upon! He informed that this conference of 800 members was one of the largest ones in the last few years confirming that union membership is not dying, and it is a most important time to become involved in the union, so to take on the government in the forthcoming coming year!! He continued to talk about the Trade Union Bill and its attacks on the union of which women are largely affected.

Motion 15 ‘Maternity Discrimination’ an issue for the whole union and the statutory rights women are entitled to !! Several speakers contributed to this motion informing of statistics and real stories of discrimination – vote carried

Photo shoot of delegation holding up heart unison and ‘I support Junior Doctors’ posters ??

UnisonNearing the end of our main day but we’re still busy! #unwc16 A few more important motions being debated, hustings, the…

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Motion 16 ‘Rights of Working Age Disabled Women’ and Motion 18 ‘Black women and cervical cancer ‘ both carried

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Women’s Conference Brighton – Day 2

Good morningGood Morning, we were all up and in the pool and sauna for 7am this morning, to get refreshed before breakfast at 8.30 then off to conference for start at 9.30 ?. It’s a bit murkey this morning and sea not as attractive as yesterday   – so definitely no paddling !!!!Murky day

So now we have arrived at Conference and First motion this morning is motion 12 ‘It needs to be stopped ‘ speakers relating to disabled people experiencing domestic violence and the cuts and removal of services. Sign posting to the UNISON domestic violence handbook. Very emotional speakers on this issue from women members. National women’s committee policy is to support – motion carried.

Motion 13 as amended by 13.1 submitted by the National Women’s Committee ‘The true cost of childcare for working women’ working mothers finding themselves out of pocket every month before cost of after school clubs. Although controversial tax credit bill was defeated still doesn’t benefit working mums. Motions both carried.

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Women’s Conference 2016 – Day One in Brighton

Womens ConferenceGood  morning ? We were all awake early (didn’t help with the street cleaners in operation at 6am) lovely morning and we can see the sea from the breakfast room too!!!

Conference check in at 11am, so we are now waiting for our East Midlands Regional Meeting to begin after a marathon trek to find the room, then off to lunch !!!

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Heather Speaking

Conference is now underway and Heather Wakefield – UNISON national officer is speaking at the Local Government meeting this afternoon.




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Julie, Julie and Sue