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2012 National Women's Conference
20 October 2011
Carried as Amended

The public sector cuts have had an unprecedented impact on women, with increasing numbers accepting redundancy and voluntary early severance.

Those women who are left in the workplace are experiencing an increase in stress as work pressures mount and bullying, in its various manifestations increases.

This is also affecting vulnerable clients, as our professional members raise concerns about unsafe working practices, due to the cuts.

This Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to:

1)Work with LAOS and/or regional women’s and equalities officers to ensure that women specific training courses and resources are provided to help women recognise the signs of bullying and to be aware of the actions to take.

2)Encourage branchs to work with employers to adhere to bullying and harassment workplace polices

3)Recommend that every branch has a dedicated steward or branch officer responsible for supporting women to address the problem.