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Is the requirement in systems of union government for the proportion of elected officers to reflect the proportion of women members. Proportionate representation has become increasingly common in recent years and is a feature of the systems of government of several well-known British unions (e.g. UNISON). The adoption of the principle reflects a growing feminization of unions and an attempt to ensure union image and union policy reflect fully the concerns of women workers. Unions are increasingly dependent on attracting women into membership and proportionate representation is a means of ensuring the interests of actual and potential women members are reflected in union conferences, executives, and policy committees.

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