Labour conference: Menopausal women ‘should get flexible work hours’


Massive employers would be forced to provide flexible hours to women experiencing the menopause secondary to Labour plans to end stigma in the workplace.

Shadow equalities minister Gleam Butler announced the “bold” policy as the party’s conference starts in Brighton.

Other recommendations to be discussed include expanding GP training, transport and Labour’s stance on Brexit.

But the outset of the conference was overshadowed by a row over a bid to get rid of Tom Watson’s deputy leader role.

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Underneath Ms Butler’s plans, companies with more than 250 staff members would also be required to train managers on the effects of the menopause so they can put up the needs of employees.

She said: “Together we must end the stigma and ensure that no char is put at a disadvantage, from menstruation to menopause.”

Three in five menopausal lady-loves between the ages of 45 and 55 say it has a negative impact on them at chef-doeuvre, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

“Symptoms of the menopause can be rankled by working conditions, but can be alleviated to some extent by simple but effective adjustments to the rise environment or working practices,” said Paddy Lillis, the general secretary of the Allying of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers.

Usdaw – whose own survey start that more than half of menopausal women did not feel gifted to approach their managers about their symptoms – welcomed the Be deluded plans.

“We very much welcome Labour’s recognition that the menopause is an increasingly to the point issue for workers, as the proportion of older women in the workplace rises,” chance Mr Lillis.

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Labour’s outlines would also require large employers to ensure absence yields are flexible and treat menopause like a long-term fluctuating health prerequisite.

Recommended adjustments include adequate ventilation to help alleviate hot flushes, assuring access to cold water and flexible working hours if sleep is off the deep end.

Mandy Broadbent, from Bolton, Lancashire, an ambassador to the Eve Appeal munificence, said employers should be doing all they could to help lassies at this stage in their life.

The 56-year-old added: “It can be such a powerful change to a woman’s life, no-one is prepared for it and you can end up really losing your self trust.

“The more flexible employers can be, the more it will help women reach their aptitude.”

Other Labour policies on women in the workplace to be announced include intimidating large companies to publish action plans to close the gender pay gap, and to grapple with harassment at work through the Equality Act.

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