Aberdeenshire UNISON

22nd Nov 2011
Report of UNISON Women's Conference 2011

Women bear brunt of government cuts

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy, Assistant Branch Secretary and Equalities' Officer attended a morning of discussion and debate at the 2011 UNISON Women's Conference held on 8th October, which heard how women are bearing the brunt of this UK government's austerity measures.

The conference was held a debating room at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Guest speakers included Elaine Smith and Jackie Baillie MSPs for the Labour Party, Clare Adamson MSP for the SNP party and Alison Johnstone MSP for the Green Party, Ann Henderson STUC secretary and Susan Morrison, Scottish comedienne.

Branch delegate Susan said, "The conference focussed on the effect of government cuts to women around Scotland and highlighted the fact that women were at the forefront of these cuts.

"We looked at the effect of these cuts on our women members across the country from local government to health workers and the impact on communities and families."

After taking part in the morning's lively debates, Susan was elected as one of two delegates to the STUC Women's Conference.

The conference agreed to submit motions on 'Pensions' and 'Cuts in Public Services - impact on the workforce' to the STUC Women's Conference in Nov 2011 and to UNISON's National Women's Conference in Feb 2012.

Click here for report of STUC Women's Conference 2011