Women’s health and the workplace

TUC response to call for evidence on a women’s health strategy.

Take a look at the TUC research and analysis document online here.

Introduction (quoted):

Trade union membership in the UK grew by over 100,000 in 2019/20, women make up 58 per cent of trade union membership at 3.76 million members, the highest since the series began.[1]

The health and wellbeing of women cannot be separated out from the workplace. Good workplace terms and conditions and policies that support women at work are essential in supporting women’s health and women’s equality more broadly. However, women’s experiences in the workplace and the impact on their health, cannot be separated out from the discrimination and inequality women face more broadly in the labour market and across society. Our response therefore highlights specific challenges faced by women in the workplace and recommendations of how to tackle them, as well as highlighting broader structural issues that any health strategy for women must seek to address.