Our movement must be a safe space for women

We the undersigned labour movement activists stand in solidarity with all women opposing all forms of male violence against women. We recognise that male violence against women is endemic in society, and that our movement is obviously and unfortunately not exempt.

We believe that our trade union and labour movement has the potential to transform society for the better. Therefore we have a particular responsibility to confront and challenge male violence against women within our movement.

Male violence against women is not acceptable in any case. It must not be tolerated from those who hold office or power in our movement.

We recognise the enormous challenges faced by women victims of male violence, and the pressures which women face, including from abusive men, not to complain about violence and abuse. We therefore believe that, when women complain of male violence within our movement, our trade unions and political organisations should start from a position of believing women.

We believe that all women who complain of male violence have the right to be listened to and supported.

All labour movement activists have a responsibility to work to ensure that our movement is a safe space for women. Because we stand in solidarity with all women opposing male violence we accept that we have a responsibility to women throughout our movement, whether or not we are members of the same trade union or the same political organisation.

We therefore address these demands to all trade unions and political organisations which are part of our labour movement.

Marshajane Thompson and Cath Elliott

 

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Louise Whittle UNISON
Rhiannon Lowton UNITE
Frances Grahl
Eileen Best Chair UNISON Women’s Committee
Katrina Murray UNISON Scotland
Davena Rankin UNISON Scotland
Heather Wakefield UNISON Head of Local Government
Ann Henderson Assistant Secretary STUC
Laurie Penny
Owen Jones
Caroline Leneghan
Beatrix Campbell
Norette Moore UNITE
Sarah Feeney Coventry UNISON Branch Secretary
Jon Rogers UNISON NEC
Steven Ellis UNISON
Paul Rafferty UNISON AQA branch
Phil Lewis Camden UNISON
Andrew Berry Islington UNISON
Paul Benson UNISON
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Val Graham Chesterfield TUC
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Lynne Moffat Islington UNISON
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Pete Firmin LRC
Andrew Fisher LRC
Graham Bash LRC and Labour Briefing
Fiona Monkman Islington UNISON
Yvonne Maxwell UNISON
Fiona Harrington UNISON
Mike Tucker UNISON NEC
Tom Davies
Tom Potter AFSCME Local 3650
Paul Summers
Jackie Walker
Denise Marshall
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Tim Van Tinteren ASLEF
Andy Littlechild RMT (pc)
Rae Lewis-Ayling
Michelle Coldspring
Sara Mayo Cardiff County UNISON (pc)
Harry Akram UNISON Health
Michael Calderbank (Red Pepper)
Claire Wadey UNITE SE/1347
Rebeccas Scarborough PCS
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Rory Mackinnon NUJ
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Emma Ritch GMB
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Holly Smith GMB
Andy Richards UNISON Brighton and Hove
Josephine Grahl UNISON
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Anna Chen
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Louise Livesy UCU
Heather Downs
Jane Basham
Owen Blacker UNITE
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Millie Wild Hackney UCU
Andrew Coates Chair UNITE LE/460
Paul Clark Croydon LRC
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Jake Lagnado UNITE
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Maria Kristina Smith
Glyn Harries Hackney UNISON and Trades Council
Gilaine Young PCS
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Terry Burns IWW
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Rich Simcox
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Joanne Tefler
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Linda Durrant
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Soma Marik, member, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Kolkata, India
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Tobias Abse
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Ziggy Melamed
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Esme Bradbury RMT
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310 thoughts on “Our movement must be a safe space for women

  1. Vicky Blake says:

    Vicky Blake UCU NEC

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hannah Thompson, UNISON

  3. Sue Blackwell
    UCU Women Members’ Standing Committee

  4. Clare Thomas UNISON says:

    Absolutely.

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