As the union of a million women in public services, we take the menopause seriously. It’s a workplace issue – nearly eight out of 10 menopausal women are in work.
The Women’s Committee worked closely with Sefton Council and launched the Menopause Policy in October 2020. We were featured in the the local news and also highlighted the campaign by illuminating Bootle Town Hall. We have successfully gone on to have our policy adopted by social care providers in Sefton, who are all in support of our members. The policy and the menopause champions have gone on to help and will continue to aid members with this important issue.
What does UNISON do?
Our trained reps negotiate practical policies with employers to keep you healthy and safe, promote the benefits of a supportive and flexible environment, and help to protect you from discrimination.
UNISON calls for meaningful workplace support for anyone experiencing the menopause. Younger women can experience symptoms too through early menopause, or medical or surgical menopause. Trans people, including non-binary people, can also experience the menopause.
Check out our guidance and model workplace policy in the resources section below.
What can I do?
The menopause is an issue for everyone who cares about fairness in the workplace, not only those who experience it directly.
Speak to your colleagues about what would make your workplace more supportive, from smaller practical adjustments to wider cultural change. Feed your ideas back to your UNISON rep who can help to take them forward with your employer.
Ask your regional education team about our popular member learning courses and activist workshops.
Get involved in a range of other UNISON campaigns on issues that particularly affect women, including sexual harassment and the gender pay gap.
View our comprehensive guide to menopause in the workplace
We are asking for donations for our little red box period poverty project, contact a unison steward with donations we are trying to get collection boxes in all main offices.