Sunday, February 13, 2005

Unions seek 'menstrual leave' for Toyota workers

Hat Tip: Zelda at The Urban Grind and the Barking Moonbat Early Warning system.

Unions say they are negotiating a landmark industrial relations claim to allow women to take extra sick leave for menstrual pain.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says some women have particularly bad periods and are genuinely forced to call in sick.

As part of negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement at Toyota, the union has asked for women to be allowed 12 paid days menstrual leave a year.

AMWU national secretary Doug Cameron says the leave would be additional to the sick leave they are already entitled to.

"Our members tell us that they have to take their sick leave, some of them on a regular basis, because they've got chronic problems with their period," Mr Cameron said.

"We believe that they shouldn't be disadvantaged against men that don't have a regular problem once a month."

The Australian Industry Group (AIG) has condemned the move.

AIG chief executive Heather Ridout says it is a particularly bad time to even propose such a claim.

"I think it will set a dangerous precedent," she said.

"But more worrying it will put pressure on interest rates, the Reserve Bank, the Federal Treasury - they're all looking for higher labour costs to put pressure on our interest rate structure.

"We have to carefully weigh any increasing labour costs against the massive interest of all Australians to keep interest rates low."

All I can say is Good Grief!

If women have menstrual pain/cramping then call in sick!

An additional 12 days for this program. You have to be kidding!

But, then again don't some Europeans get 6 weeks of paid vacation each year?

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