The SWC Development Manager Evelyn Fraser was asked to write a blog for NUJ Scotland on 'Local newspapers can be a lifeline for women' in Scotland. To access Evelyn's blog you can read it on the NUJ Scotland Website.
On the run up to our Conference for Young Women, we will be hearing from our speakers and workshop facilitators about their experiences.
The first blog is from 'The Rosey Project' about 'Healthy Relationships'.
The SWC welcomes today’s Supreme Court judgement on Employment Tribunal fees. The ruling reports that the legislation contravenes the Equality Act 2010. This disproportionally affects women as they are subject to discrimination in the workplace. The introduction of these fees in 2013 was a major setback for women accessing justice.
Although the Scottish Government made a commitment to abolish Employment Tribunal fees no date has been announced and women are still unable to submit a claim without financial hardship.
Agnes Tolmie, SWC Chair, says
“Women have told the SWC about the discrimination they face on a daily basis in the workplace. Whether that be maternity discrimination, harassment or indirect discriminatory actions taken by employers, they do not know what to do or who to turn to. Paying £1,200 to lodge an Employment Tribunal claim has meant that women were either unable to access justice or face a huge legal bill. This judgement will lift that pressure and uncertainty ensuring fairness for all.”
The STUC Congress was held from 24th - 26th April in Aviemore. The theme was fair work + modern unions = economic progress.
The SWC attended as exhibitors & observers to the conference. We met with delegates & visitors, promoting the SWC & encouraging women to be involved.
The SWC team meets with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
The SWC also supported the 'TIE' campaign with their fringe meeting. You can find out more about their campaign on their website.
The Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) notes the recent Scottish Parliament debate on Child Tax Credit cuts.
With four of the five main political parties in Scotland condemning the so-called 'rape clause', the SWC will continue to work to challenge this discriminatory policy.
Agnes Tolmie, SWC Chair says
"The 'rape clause' will impact on women when they are at their most vulnerable. Why in 2017 are Victorian style policies being considered in a progressive UK. Women must come together and assert their issues, views and concerns to decision makers."
For further information please contact Evelyn Fraser on 0141 339 4797/07501 256762