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Women Trade Union Officers Network meeting
Event details
Fri 28 Sep 2018 - 10:15 to 12:15
Dewsbury Town Hall
Wakefield Old Road
WF12 8DG Dewsbury
United Kingdom

The TUC Yorkshire & Humber’s Equalities Forum will be convening an initial network meeting of Women Trade Union Officials from 10.15 – 12.15, at Dewsbury Town Hall, on 28 September 2018.

Open to employed officers of a trade union ONLY - to register for the afternoon Women’s Conference via this Eventbrite link: https://bit.ly/2N3pNEQ

This year, the TUC celebrates its 150th anniversary and with it, a century and a half of working together to change the world of work for good. We also celebrate 100 years since women got the vote. Women have always led in our movement; from Emma Paterson, who in the 1870s set out to establish a union in every job in which women worked; to Frances O’Grady, the daughter of a car worker who founded the TUC’s organising academy – and later became the first woman general secretary of the TUC.

Since 1868 when trade union movement came together in Manchester and resolved to work as one, we fought for the rights of working people, and especially women. Whilst it is often difficult for trade union officials to find time in a busy schedule, we believe that this year we should make time to celebrate our victories, tell the stories of our successes, and plan for the future.

The aim of this event is an opportunity to meet with our trade union colleagues, and to see if there is an interest in establishing a regional network on an on-going basis.
Topics for discussion will include
  • The need for a network for women Trade Union Officials
  • What do we want to achieve with this network?
  • What are the next steps?
Chair: Harriet Eisner, Unite - Convenor of the TUC Yorkshire Regional Equalities Forum
Immediately after this meeting the TUC’s regional Equalities Forum will host its first Women’s Conference (12.00-14.30), with speakers on equalities legislation, the TUC’s 150th anniversary, and challenges posed to women at work by Brexit. You would be more than welcome to attend both sessions
Please email [email protected] to register to attend the Women Trade Union Officers Network meeting, and please register for the afternoon Women’s Conference via this Eventbrite link: https://bit.ly/2N3pNEQ
Please note the Network for Women Officers meeting is only open to those employed directly by a trade union. The afternoon Women’s Conference is open to all women trade unionists, lay or official.
This is a rescheduling of the event which had to be cancelled on 8 March 2018 due to adverse weather.

Kindly sponsored by Slater Gordon LLP.
Women Trade Union Officers Network meeting
Dewsbury Town Hall
Wakefield Old Road
WF12 8DG Dewsbury
United Kingdom
Transport and Travel

Public Transport

By Train

Dewsbury Train Station is located an 8 minute walk from the Town Hall, with regular trains from Leeds and Manchester (information here)

By Bus

Dewsbury bus station is located a 4 minute walk from the Town Hall, with services across West Yorkshire (click here for the Metro website)

Car parking

Nearest car park

  • Old Wakefield Road car park
  • Old Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

This is only 20 metres away from the town hall. The small car park offers 23 spaces.

Other car parks

There are on street parking bays situated at the rear and side of the town hall. A larger car park is available behind Dewsbury Sports Centre and is adjacent to Mecca Bingo. This car park is only 5 minutes walk to the town hall.

There is also a wide selection of other car parks located near to Dewsbury Town Hall.



Everyone is welcome to Dewsbury Town Hall, we will do whatever we can to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Staff are available to help, so please ask us if you need any assistance.

Parking and dropping off

There are a limited number of parking spaces for blue badge holders next to the town hall on Wakefield Road.

Lift access

The lift accesses the concert hall and all meeting rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor. Please note that there are steps to all rows of seating on the balcony. Please be aware that the lift will not be available in the event of an evacuation.

Wheelchair users

The town hall is accessible to wheelchair users and dedicated seating is available in the rear stalls.

An induction loop and dedicated toilet facilities for those with disabilities are also available within Dewsbury Town Hall. We also welcome guide dogs, please ask if you need help with your seat.