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

Conference notes that despite numerous attempts to ensure that employers have a consistent approach to dealing with flexible working requests, there are still widespread differences. As those most likely to be in caring roles are women, this disadvantages women far more than men.

Particularly in these challenging times of financial constraints on employers, it is likely that they will become less willing to agree flexible working requests, and it is imperative we move to ensure consistency and fairness.

Conference therefore calls on the national women’s committee to carry out an on-line survey through regional women’s networks and the women’s pages of the website, and use the information gathered to work with service groups and regional women’s committees to:

1)Identify areas of good practice and develop guidance to advise on how this can be consistently applied;

2)Encourage branches to use the guidance to support members wishing to exercise their right to request