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STUC Women's Committee write to party leaders ahead of General Election

Commenting, STUC Women’s Committee Chair Lorna Glen:

“The voices and concerns of women should not be drowned out as we reach the crescendo of this general election.

“We have made clear our demands to all party leaders. From seeking commitments on ending sexual harassment in the workplace, to committing to closing the gender pay gap, the STUC Women’s Committee wants candidates in this election to represent our movement.

“We cannot accept anything less. It’s never been so important to have our voices heard. With proposals from our committee to invest further into women’s health services and expand childcare, maternity and paternity rights, our politicians should leave no stone unturned in seeking to build a fairer, more inclusive nation with women’s voices front and centre of this general election campaign.

Commenting, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer:

“The STUC Women’s Committee is leading from the front in holding our would-be politicians to account on how they will deliver for women across Scotland. 

“That includes how our politicians will push both the UK and Scottish Government to invest further into our public services, entirely cognisant that any cuts to them disproportionately impact women.

“As the election reaches fever pitch and every candidate knocks on every door to get support, it would be wise for them to reach out to our movement and back the STUC Women’s Committee in our demands.

 

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Note to editors:

Full list of demands below:

•        Expand universal free school meals.

•         Invest in women’s health services.

•         Ensure women have the right to a safe workplace, free from sexual harassment.

•         Commit to close the gender pay gap, ensuring an intersectional approach

•         Expand free childcare, ensuring it is fit for purpose, and improve maternity and paternity pay and leave

•         Increase the representation and visibility of young women across society and the political sphere.

•         Embed gender budgeting in all national and local government budgets processes to help address inequalities.

•         Invest in public services, recognising that cuts in national and local services disproportionately impact women

 

 

 

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