By Marcus Leach

Diana Holland, Unite’s assistant general secretary for equalities, has condemned the Tory-led coalition government’s divisive agenda of cuts on the centenary of International Women’s Day.

Holland believes the government’s cuts will discriminate heavily against women, and feels the current coalition is setting women back in the workplace.

“The government’s discriminatory, divisive agenda of cuts and changes will disproportionately hit women, the poorest and the most vulnerable,” Holland said. “While this government is setting women back, Unite stands up for working women and for equality.

“Unite women are active, involved, angry and deeply concerned about the future for our children and young women and men. In workplaces across communities, Unite women are saying no to shameful, discriminatory cuts to services, to equalities and to jobs.

“With eleven times more millionaires than mothers in the Tory-led coalition government, their distorted priorities mean the poorest and most vulnerable are hiot hardest, and women and children come first only when it comes to cuts and closures.”

The past hundred years has seen women win the right to vote and the right to equal pay, ending the legal justification for treating women as second-class citizens. However, Holland feels the next hundred years are just as important for the equality of women.

“Over the next hundred years, we must end the second-class treatment itself and end women’s poverty and the underrepresentation of women everywhere,” Holland added.

“That struggle continues today, not in a hundred years’ time. As it says in the song ‘we will march not just for bread, but for roses too’. Women of all ages deserve nothing less.”