Chelmsford TUC

In Your Workplace

Women’s Health

Women, in general, live longer than men and are generally healthier but some health problems such as breast cancer or osteoporosis mostly affect women. UNISON and USDAW have done a great service to our Movement by publishing a special Women’s Health Pack/leaflets which contain invaluable information on the following:

Women’s Health Matters

This covers a number of issues that affect women’s health including access to services, women as carers, sexual health, violence and low income. It emphasises that social class, employment, ethnic origin and marital status all influence women’s health. The leaflet provides general information on getting the best from the NHS and complementary medicine.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

This may be a rare illness but it could cause death. This leaflet not only gives advice and information to minimise the risks and help you to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome, it also assists trade unionists in campaigning on the issue.


UNISON, along with many other trade unions and Trades Councils, supports a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have a child. Abortion is a difficult and traumatic decision; it is also a very personal decision. The union publishes a leaflet which covers rights, counselling and personal relationships.

Infertility Treatment

Infertility is a frustrating and distressing experience. The official figures show that one in six couples will experience difficulty in achieving pregnancy. Infertility affects both men and women. In about a quarter of infertile couples the problem lies solely with the man, a quarter with the woman, a quarter with both the woman and the man, and a quarter unexplained. Women who are experiencing problems in conceiving deserve full support and help. This leaflet advises on support, counselling, when to get help, male and female infertility, attending a clinic, lesbian and single women, older women, success rates of clinics, infertility tests, donor and self-insemination and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.

Sickle Cell Anaemia

Women with Sickle Cell Anaemia will face difficult decisions about having children. The stress and pressure this may create can affect lives inside the workplace as well as outside. Also, during pregnancy, these women may need extra support. This leaflet explains what Sickle Cell Anaemia is, how it differs from Sickle Cell Trait, its symptoms and what to do. It also covers Sickle Cell Crisis, menstrual periods, fertility, pregnancy and the Disability Discrimination Act.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is the most preventable of cancers. Cervical screening provides early warning smear tests which detect abnormal cells which could develop into cancer. Most smears are normal, but in the minority which are abnormal early detection and treatment results in almost 100% success in preventing the development of cancer. This leaflet provides information about the screening programme and answers some common questions.

Breast Care

This leaflet aims to raise awareness of being breast aware. It covers why, how and when to check breasts. It also explains breast screening by mammography and what happens at a breast screening centre.


Thalassaemia Major is a serious form of anaemia which is inherited from both parents. Women with Thalassaemia will face difficult decisions about having children. The stress and pressure this may create can affect lives at home and in the workplace. The leaflet explains exactly what the illness is, who it affects, screening, fertility, pregnancy and antenatal screening.