UNISON is using the commemoration of a hundred years of women’s suffrage, to survey female members’ attitudes to barriers they face in today’s workplaces.
Margaret Thomas, UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary said,
“Ordinary women in the suffragettes fought years of sexism and prejudice to win landmark social change 100 years ago which benefitted the whole nation. Their solidarity and determination continues to inspire and empower a new generation of female campaigners. Today needs the recognition it justly deserves, but the fight for the eradication of inequality will continue.’’
“Whilst women have the vote, true equality remains elusive. It is women who have disproportionately suffered from UK government spending cuts with many trapped in in-work poverty, on zero hours contracts or minimum wage jobs. Many UNISON members have more than one job to make ends meet. New mums might be juggling expensive childcare and older women face discriminatory pensions. Women and girls routinely suffer sexual harassment and online abuse. This is unacceptable and much more campaigning against domestic violence is required.
“We’re asking UNISON female public service workers to tell us the obstacles they face as women in Wales today and we’ll use the evidence to campaign for change with employers and politicians.”
UNISON Cymru Wales will publish the results on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
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