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BFAWU Conference 2022 Workers demand better menopause support with 1m forced out of workplace

BOSSES must do more to support women food workers going through the menopause, delegates at the bakers’ union’s annual conference said today.

BFAWU member Dawn Scott said that symptoms such as anxiety, depression, low mood, hot flushes and brain fog must be taken more seriously in workplaces.

Delegates gathered in Yarnfield Park, near Stone, Staffordshire, unanimously backed a motion calling on the union’s executive council to campaign for legislation to “improve training and other ways of helping.”

Health insurance company Bupa estimates that nearly one million women have been forced out of the workplace early by menopausal symptoms, which usually appear between the ages of 45 and 55 but can develop earlier.

Ms Scott said: “Workplaces need to do more to help women going through the menopause and we must educate the masses.

“Men might not know much about it, but also younger girls and boys.

“It does affect younger people directly or indirectly in some shape or form.”

Fellow member Dougie Johnston thanked BFAWU general secretary Sarah Woolley for her campaigning on the issue.

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