A FLINTSHIRE assembly member has backed a Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC) campaign to tackle the taboo around the menopause and ensure that those suffering from symptoms are properly supported in the work place.

A 2016 TUC Wales survey found 9 out of 10 workers felt the menopause negatively effected their working life and, currently few workplaces have policies in place to support women feeling the effects of the menopause.

And Hannah Blytthyn, AM for Delyn, with WTUC campaign lead, Rhianydd Griffiths in the National Assembly for Wales and is encouraged local businesses and organisations to get on board as well.

She said: “I’m only too happy to back this important workplace campaign by the Wales TUC, I know this is an issue that impacts on women in communities across the constituency and the country.

“I hope this campaign will raise awareness and help to break down barriers to discussion about menopause in general, and in the work place specifically. Employers in particular need to be more aware of changes they can make to ensure support is readily available for their employees.”

The TUC has created a toolkit which provides information on the menopause and the ways in which simple workplace adjustments can mitigate its effects. This information can be found on the TUC website: https://www.tuc.org.uk/menopause-work

Some copies of the toolkit are available from Hannah Blythyn’s constituency office in Flint and the Wales TUC are able to come out and talk to groups and organisations about the campaign.

To find out more contact 01352 762102.