National women’s forum

This year our national women’s forum agreed we should mark and celebrate Women’s History Month as well as International Women’s Day.

The forum thanks PCS reps and members for organising and facilitating a wide range of successful and interesting events to mark PCS Women’s History Month. Our history theme was strong past, stronger future and we produced three articles for the PCs blogsite which you can access here. We provided materials and photo cards on some of the key campaigning themes linking this to our national pay campaign.

Over the past few months we have been campaigning on a wide range of women’s equality issues including period dignity, the menopause, WASPI, addressing under representation and barriers to participation and tackling sexual harassment and our union is rolling out training for reps on handling cases relating to workplace sexual harassment. We also have an online training tool on the menopause and the workplace.

The NWF produced a short video message to encourage members to vote in the national pay ballot which has been a priority for everyone but unequal pay is still an issue for women workers including those who are members of our union.

Our delegation to the TUC Women’s Conference punched above its weight and we spoke on a range of important issues and were asked to second a number of motions including on collective bargaining for gender equality and an emergency motion on the abuse of women activists in Zimbabwe.

We are now planning the organisation of the annual PCS Women’s Seminar around the theme of women’s wellbeing at work.

Equality must remain at the heart of all we do as a trade union movement and in a union where women make up the majority ensuring the barriers to participation are lifted and the make-up of our decision making bodies reflect this are important. We will be continuing this discussion at our annual delegate conference in May.

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