Report of TUC Women’s Conference 2016
Women’s TUC Conference 2016
This year’s conference was chaired by Mary Bousted of ATL. There were 31 unions present and 292 delegates The Royal College of Midwives were attending for the first time
Outside speakers included Frances O’Grady and Kate Green (the Shadow Equalities minister) Both stressed that coming out of the EU might affect workers rights especially women. Would a Tory Government keep the worker’s rights which had come in through the EU she asked e.g maternity rights
Liz Snape (Unison ) TUC President also addressed us and Philippa Clarke gave an impassioned appeal for donations to the Sylvia Pankhurst fund to raise a statue to her at Clerkenwell Green On the Thursday 2 young doctors received a standing ovation for their speech about their fight with Jeremy Hunt
As usual all motions were passed and ranged in subject from the Trade Union bill, the Gender Pay Gap, Low Pay in the Care Sector, Stress in the NHS, Women’s Workplace Health and Welfare Reform.
One really disturbing report showed the number of women who lost their jobs because they were pregnant Or who were not allowed time of work to attend ante natal clinics or are told they haven’t reached their targets and so will not get a pay increase. One in five reported experiencing harassment or negative comments and 54,000 new mothers were shown by research to be forced out of their jobs.
We had 3 composite motions though I felt that there were others that could have been combined because at times we seemed to be discussing the same issues in successive motions.
Thank you for allowing me to attend