Chelmsford TUC

In Your Workplace

What Women Want

When the TUC conducted a survey of women safety representatives it asked what were the key risks women were most concerned about.

They responded by saying:

  • stress;
  • manual handling;
  • repetitive strain injury
  • violence.

The TUC also found out that women’s reports of ill health or injuries caused by work are often ignored by doctors and employers, and that only one in five employers covered women’s health and safety in their safety policy.

Although women make up half of the workforce only one in three of the 200,000 workplace union safety representatives in Britain are women. There is clearly a job to be done!

If you want to become a safety representative, contact your union. You could also conduct your own a survey and find out what women think are the main health and safety issues, and what they want to see done. If you do, let us know, we would be interested in the results.

Equal Pay

It was as long ago as 1889 that the TUC passed its first resolution on equal pay. But today, although men and women are legally entitled to equal pay for doing similar work, many women have found that they are paid considerably less than men. In 2001 the Equal Pay Task Force’s report "Just Pay" revealed that the gap between the earnings of men and women is wider in the UK than in any other of the other EU member states.

Pay also includes bonuses, allowances and overtime. The law provides that a contract of employment must contain an implied right to equal pay. This means that a woman has a right to compare herself with a man if he does the same, or similar work or work of equal value, and if that man is in the same service or place of work.

Contact the TUC for more information on equal pay.