Sickness Absence

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2005 National Women's Conference
21 October 2004
Carried as Amended

Conference notes with some concern the rising prevalence of employer policies dealing with managing sickness absence.

Conference is concerned that these policies are implemented without proper negotiations with branches and, as a consequence, the policies perpetrate discrimination against women. Branches are often not properly trained or equipped to assist women when they are subject to these punitive policies.

Conference resolves to instruct the National Women’s Committee to:

1)develop, in conjunction with other relevant committees, a high profile recruitment campaign focusing on how a union can help members subject to sickness absence procedures;

2)actively encourage branches to have in-house/branch training for all activists to ensure all representatives understand the potential for discrimination in the implementation of these policies;

3)seek and collate statistical information to highlight the adverse impact on women of these procedures;

4)encourage regional women’s committees, working in conjunction with other self-organised groups, to raise awareness about the sickness absence issues that relate to women, and to share good practice;

5)raise awareness by encouraging all regional women’s committees to facilitate a women-only training day to allow women to attend and speak about their experiences of these employer processes.