Commenting on Labour’s proposals to improve the workplace for women, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday):
“Balancing work with caring for children or elderly parents and running a home can be a struggle for many women.
“Good employers know that paying women fairly, offering them generous maternity leave and pay packages, along with flexible working, support through the menopause and a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment can significantly ease that burden.
“It also makes for sound business sense as motivated staff, who feel supported in the workplace, perform better.
“This sensible approach to modern working is for all the women with employers who’ve yet to join the 21st century. These measures will make the world of difference – especially to those on the lowest incomes.
“Along with more affordable childcare, the proposals would enable women to remain in the workforce after they become mothers – a move that would benefit not just them, but their families, employers and the wider economy too.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.