Women's Members Group

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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.

Women's Group Calling Notice


Date: 27th October 2016

Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Location: The McLaren Building, Birmingham City Centre





  • Birmingham City – our refugee crisis

  • The agenda for change

  • TTIP gone but unforgettable?

  • Women’s Conference 2017

  • Workplace issues/updates

  • Motions

  • Any other business


Mary Seacole

Photo of Mary Seacole

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.”

Women In Unison Comedy Event


UNISON Birmingham Branch presented the Women in Unison Comedy event on Friday 17th June at The HUB in Stirchley. At a time when Birmingham is facing cuts to its budgets of 98 million, and given that 65% of public sector workers are women will mean that women are hit disproportionately hard.

Not only are women hit hardest working in the services they provide they are also hit by cuts to services they rely on. Some of our Carers have caring responsibilities in their personal lives.

According to the Women’s Budget Group, Social Care has already been eroded by more than 20%and social housing by almost 10%. Early education and childcare are also under attack.

The Women’s Budget Group acknowledge that it is “lone parents and single pensioners – most of whom are women – will suffer the greatest reduction in their living.”

With such news on the Horizon, Maureen Younger was able to make some Women forget the pressures of work/life imbalance and laugh way into a Friday afternoon. More events are planned. Watch this space for more.




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