Duties Of The Branch Women’s Officer

Women officers should have a leading role in any recruitment or organisational campaigns where potential female workers are being targeted.

Some of the areas that a women’s officer will have responsibility for will include:

  • Promoting issues affecting Women
  • Reporting to their branch/region on relevant issues
  • Escalating relevant issues where necessary
  • Acting as a point of contact between members and the branch
  • Acting as a liaison between CWU HQ and the branch on issues concerning female members.
  • To provide information to female members (to which the women’s officer may themselves receive from CWU national or regional level)
  • To attend Regional Women’s Committees and the CWU women’s conference and feed in where appropriate.

There are no specific agreements on facilities time for branch women’s officers with any of the main employers with whom the CWU currently negotiates. This means that any facilities and support for the branch women’s officer needs to be negotiated separately with the employer or built into the overall allocation of paid release.

Inevitably, branch women’s officers, like all union officers, will have to use some of their own time in making the role a success.

Branch women’s officers will require support from their branch, region and CWU HQ. It will be up to each branch and region to determine how best to give that support.

CWU head office recognises that branch women’s officers will have a variety of skills and experiences and therefore is committed to working with women’s officers, branches and regions to provide appropriate training and development wherever possible.

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