This section is for women members. UNISON women campaign for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.


UNISON’s women’s group campaigns for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and wider community. Find out about women’s role in UNISON, the issues we face and how to get involved.

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.

Speak to your representative if you would like to find out more about getting involved.


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.

Find out how you can join UNISON and improve conditions for women in your community and workplace.


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


Women members are at the forefront of many of our most important campaigns. UNISON’s women members have successfully negotiated on issues such as domestic abuse, equal pay and maternity rights.


The national women’s conference is held every year in mid-February, and brings together around 650 women for a series of seminars, meetings, workshops, debates and guest speakers.

The topics debated are wide-ranging and have a massive impact on the direction of UNISON. They include:

  • women’s health;
  • women united against fascism;
  • surrogacy and IVF treatment;
  • the portrayal of women in the media.


Women members are organised into committees and groups at local, regional and national levels. UNISON’s women members also work informally with trade unionists in other countries, sharing experiences and supporting each other’s activities.

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UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services.