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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Women are bearing the brunt of austerity

#unwc13 UNISON women activists from all parts of the UK will today conclude the 2013 UNISON national womens conference. Over the past two days a recurring theme at the conference has been the fight against austerity and its terrible consequences for women both at work and in communities. Keynote speakers yesterday included pioneering women labour movement leaders Frances O'Grady (first women TUC General Secretary) and Angela Eagle MP (the UK Parliament's first openly lesbian MP). Angela tore into the ConDems in a speech warmly received by the 700 delegates: "Women have been hit three times as hard by cuts even though they own less and earn less"