Women's Members Group
Women form the majority of UNISON members in Birmingham.
UNISON structures like 'proportionality' attempt to make sure that the women are represented at all levels in the union, at least at a level that reflects their proportion of the membership. If the membership is 65% women, then the leadership should be at least 65% women.
Women’s Organisation in UNISONaddresses the discrimination women face and provides a forum and structures to promote issues that particularly affect women in the workplace and in society in general. Family care, low pay and domestic violence are just some examples of our campaigns.
Our women’s group meet once a month to plan activities and to support members with issues. Meetings are open to all women members and take place at the branch office. If you are passionate about women’s issues please join us.
Finally! Recognition for Mary Seacole.
Born Mary Jane Seacole in 1805 in Kingston Jamaica, Mary has finally received recognition from the establishment by way of a statue to be unveiled in London later today. This follows a 12 year campaign that raised £500,000 to support the project.
Mary learned Nursing from her mother who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers.
When denied the opportunity to travel to Crimea with Florence Nightingale, Mary went anyway opening the “British Hotel” for sick and convalescent officers.
She visited Florence Nightingale at the Barrack Hospital in Scutari where she reports that Nightingale was “friendly” but there is no evidence of any other meetings .Lord Soley, Chair of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, said:” The unveiling will be a truly memorable event and, after 12 years of campaigning, we look forward to finally granting Mary Seacole the acknowledgement she deserves for her selfless support of British soldiers.”