Working in Unison to help women in the workplace

Representatives of a number of major trade unions got together earlier this week to talk about how more could be done in the workplace to help women suffering menopause symptoms.

Diane joined Swansea MP Carolyn Harris, Deputy Leader of the Labour party in Wales at the Unison headquarters in London to discuss raising the issue across a variety of forums.

Carolyn Harris (centre) is pictured with Diane Danzebrink (second from left) and representatives from some of the UK’s most important unions at the meeting held at the UNISON HQ at Euston, London.

Taking part were representatives of the GMB,the general workers union which has well over half a million members in the UK, The Trades Union Congress,a federation of trade unions in England and Wales , teacher’s union NASUWT, NASUWT Cymru, shop workers union USDAW, and  public service union UNISON, which has well over a million members.

Carolyn Harris led the discussion and Di discussed her own life-changing experiences of early menopause and her campaign work to improve menopause care and support both in and out of the workplace.

“We talked about how improving menopause awareness in the workplace leads to a win-win situation for everyone, as it often means the difference between retaining valuable members of staff or potentially losing them if they find their working conditions too difficult to cope with.” Di said afterwards.

Reps at the meeting are keen to make sure menopause issues are raised at trade union conferences and via other routes to make sure menopause in the workplace is something that is talked about and better understood.

Di praised Carolyn Harris for her work in bringing the unions together to ensure the important issue is aired.

“Carolyn has been as good as her word – she really is passionate about this, and she is one of those people who doesn’t just say they will do something, she does it. Bringing people together is the next step on the path of providing proper menopause support in the workplace” she added.