Flexible working blog from Working Families September 2019
Can flexible working reduce your gender pay gap?
Published: 25 Sep 2019
"Your gender pay gap tells you that your organisation probably has fewer women in better paid, more senior roles; more in less well paid, more junior roles; and probably more women than men in part-time roles.
Spending review message from WBG August 019
TUC Report on insecure work August 2019
Jackie Longworth, Chair of Fair Play SW says:
"This report particularly affects women as they make up he majority of employees in insecure work."
The SWTUC says:
"The South West has the highest proportion (12.6%) of insecure workers out of all regions and nations in the UK. According to the TUC South West, an estimated 354,000 working people in the region are affected by precarious employment, defined as:
Vacancy Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre August 2019
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Glosrac are currently recruiting for a monitoring and evaluation officer to cover maternity leave. Further information about this role can be found below in the job description/person spec.
The closing date for applications is 9.00am Wednesday 14th August 2019.
Salary: £19,000 pro rata
Hours: 18 hours per week
Responsible to: Director
Office Base: Gloucester
Fixed Term Contract: Maternity Cover post commencing September 2019
Pension: 6% contribution by employer
Annual Leave: 27 days plus bank holidays (pro rata)
Information related to the post:
Equal opportunities statement:
GRASAC is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from women from all sections of the community.
An employers perspective on flexible working August 2019
(Origonally published May 2019)
Women's Budget Group Report on Housing July 2019
Sexual Harassment in the workplace consultation August 2019
Guide to #metoo movement
From Maryville University (ST Louis, MO, USA).
Fair Play South West ‘Manifesto’ for the 2019 EU Elections
Membership of the European Union has been good for UK women
It has enabled and empowered UK women to participate in Europe-wide networks and formal structures of women to influence policies and legislation in a way which has not always been possible within the UK itself.
WRC report on CEDAW: UN recommendations published
On 1st May 2019, WRC and a number of women’s organisations sent a letter to the Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins MP, regarding the UN’s recent review of the UK’s performance on improving the position of women in the UK and the progress made in achieving their rights.
The letter seeks to hear about UK Government’s plans to effectively implement the recommendations for the benefit of all women in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Women are increasingly treated as an expandable and costless resource that can absorb all the extra work that results from cuts to the resources that sustain life
Article by Ruth Pearson, A feminist analysis of neoliberalism and austerity policies in the UK.
Event: Dorset Women's Day
9 March: 10am-3.30pm
Feminist Democracy in action
Longworth's paper "Has Austery driven a Feminist Democracy"39.59 KB is published by FPSW today, 22nd January 2019.
Are women more powerful now as a result of austerity?
A Brexit decision by Parliament must happen before March 29th 2019!
Jackie Longworth, Chair Fair Play South West says:
"Avoiding leaving the EU on March 29th would definitely require legislation.
The Withdrawal Act is quite specific and would need amending or repealing, whether the aim is to revoke the Article 50 notification or merely seek to extend the date. Incidentally, the former we could do unilaterally but the latter would require the agreement of all 27 other Member States, which may be a tall order in the time available. It seems to me that such a Bill would need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament and receive Royal Assent before contact could be made with the EU on the subject, and before agreeing to any new referendum if that’s what they want to do? So Parliament would have had to make a decision of some sort before going back to the people for advice whether by referendum or Corbyn’s preferred option of a General Election.
EHRC calls for new law to prevent sexual harassment at work
In its report on sexual harassment in the workplace, the EHRC recommends, amongst other things,
"The UK Government should:
• Introduce a mandatory duty on employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and victimisation in the workplace.
• Breach of the mandatory duty should constitute an unlawful act for the purposes of the Equality Act 2006, which would be enforceable by the Commission."
Parliament could just decide to revoke Article 50, without another popular vote
Fair Play SW has not taken a formal view on Brexit or the mess the Government has got itself into. Those of us who talk about it regularly do agree that the passing of the Withdrawal Act without the protections against equalities and social regression we sought makes leaving the EU a particularly bad idea.
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