89th Annual STUC Women’s Conference

October 25th 2016

Women: Many Roles, Many Barriers

89th Annual STUC Women’s Conference

Friday 28th / Saturday 29th October 2016

Perth Concert Hall

The 89th Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference will take place in Perth Concert Hall this weekend (Friday and Saturday 28-29 October). The Conference brings together women trade unionists from a range of workplaces across Scotland to debate issues and motions of interest to them.

Motions to this year’s Conference cover a range of issues including:

Austerity and its impact on working women’s lives

Women’s health in the workplace including support during menopause

Pension age and security for the future, including highlighting the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign

Women’s rights and Abortion law, now devolved to Scottish Parliament

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Women: Many Roles, Many Barriers.’

Speaking ahead of the conference Davena Rankin Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee said:

“Each year the STUC Women’s Conference gives us the chance to hear from women from across Scotland, from many industries and workplaces. Those experiences tell us that we still must campaign against the inequality that continues to create divisions in our society, and for a change of direction that will ensure a real redistribution of wealth’

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Notes to Editors

Speakers at the conference include:

Helen Connor, EIS, STUC President

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary

Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security

Susan Morrison

Mary Jane Herbison, RMT, TUC Women’s Committee

Pam Currie, EIS, LGBT Workers’ Committee

A panel session will also be held on the Saturday morning 11.30am and will include the following speakers:

Panel Members:

Kezia Dugdale MSP, Leader, Scottish Labour Party

Diana Holland, OBE, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union

Vonnie Sandlan, President, National Union of Students, Scotland

Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland

ENDS

The Agenda and draft order of business are available for download at http://www.stuc.org.uk/events/12/89th-annual-stuc-women-s-conference-2016/

For further information contact Ann Henderson 0141 337 8100

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