Gloria Mills, the former head of Britain’s Trades Union Congress will give the key note address at the upcoming National Conference on Bargaining Women’s Equality.
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A union activist since 1978 Gloria Mills became the first black woman to lead the TUC in 1995.
A champion for diversity issues and equality in the work place, she represented the TUC at the highest level in government meetings and internationally.
Today Mills is a senior official with UNISON the UK’s the biggest trade union and its spokesperson on equality.
Mills has seen a lot of discrimination in the work place where women were being treated as second class citizens.
“It was easier to say you had a problem with your car than to say you were having problems with your children,” she has said.
Conference participants will hear about the international concrete experiences of challenges and achievements in bargaining of women’s equality as well as how an equality bargaining agenda can help advance a legislative agenda for equality like pay equity, parental leave, employment equity, child care, and pension reform.
Gloria Mills will set the tone for the conference by weaving women’s equality bargaining issues including women with disabilities, women of colour, aboriginal women, lesbian and transgender women, and young women.
This will be a truly inspiring launch to a conference that hopes to move forward with the recommendations of the CUPE National Women’s Task Force on bargaining women’s equality.