- Australian unions are launching a campaign for paid menstrual and menopausal leave.
- The proposed campaign has been met with mixed reactions from the public.
- Union representatives say the pushback demonstrates a “lack of empathy” and current policies don’t meet women’s needs.
“It’s a difficult conversation, and quite often men don’t like engaging in it. We need to move away from that and open dialogue up.
“We should always be striving to make things better, and if we have an opportunity to engage in some dialogue that might lead to an outcome that makes things a bit easier for the generations that follow us, we’d be silly not to do that.”
Why are unions pushing for menstrual and menopause leave?
Some organisations say leave policies should go further.
Are there concerns over the proposal?
“I think people need adequate healthcare leave. There are people who suffer a whole array of conditions that need leave … I believe in equitable healthcare leave; I’m not convinced it has to be tied to the menopause or menstruation.”