Scottish Parliament commends trade union women

November 15th 2012

Anne McTaggart MSP today lodged a Members Motion in the Scottish Parliament, commending the recent Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference.

“I was delighted to congratulate the STUC Women’s Committee on a fantastic conference. I was thoroughly impressed by the motions submitted and the way in which they were presented – the confidence and passion of the speakers was inspiring. Many reiterated that it is women that are being hit hardest by the Tory led government, but I am proud that our trade unions are defending female workers with all that they have.

I hope colleagues from across the chamber will join me in my congratulations, and wish every success for next year.”

Eileen Dinning, UNISON Scotland Equalities Officer and Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee for the coming year, welcomed the Motion.

“Women from workplaces across Scotland worked together in Perth earlier this week, speaking up for their members and highlighting the devastating impact of some of the UK Government’s policies on lower paid families. Conference welcomed the Scottish Government’s recent commitments on extending the Living Wage. However, delegates spoke out strongly on the need for substantial investment in childcare provision, to support women and men in remaining in work. Our Conference discussed matters that affect us all, and we look forward to working with MSPs across Scotland to improve the lives of working women and their families.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. This Members Motion was published today in the Business Bulletin: S4M-04828 Anne McTaggart () (Scottish Labour): That the Parliament congratulates the STUC women’s committee on what it considers to have been a successful 85th annual STUC Women’s Conference, which was held in Perth Concert Hall on 12 and 13 November 2012; considers that women are bearing the brunt of many of the consequences of the economic recession; welcomes the contribution to campaigns for social justice and wellbeing made by women trade unionists across Scotland, and commends all delegates, visitors and guests at the conference for speaking up for equality and for women’s rights in the workplace.

  2. Information relating to the STUC Women’s conference (Perth 12th/13th November) can be found on the STUC website

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