Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Paid 'Period Leave' on Cards for UK Women

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Paid 'Period Leave' on Cards for UK Women

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Byline: Alexia Purcell

A UK company is introducing paid menstrual leave.

The Daily Mail reports Bristol based company Coexist will offer 'period leave' to women every month.

It will be the first UK company to introduce such a policy, one that already exists in several countries such as Japan, Indonesia and Russia.

Coexist Company director Bex Baxter said they introduced the leave to allow women to "take time for their body's natural cycle without putting this under the label of illness".

"There is a misconception that taking time off makes a business unproductive - actually it is about synchronising work with the natural cycles of the body.

"I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods.

"Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell."

Mr Baxter said that wasn't fair and at Coexist, if "someone is in pain - no matter what kind - they are encouraged to go home".

What do you think: discriminatory measure or medical necessity? and yes or no: should paid menstrual leave be introduced in Australia?

What you said on facebook:

Claire Wallace: "In some cases like mine my periods are so heavy and so intense I can't leave the house. Regular periods no, medically horrible periods yes."

Marie Palmer: "We are definitely becoming a weak country. It's something that occurs every month for women so they need to get over it.

Anyway they can go get an injection so they don't get them."

John Solomon: "That's life I guess. I thought it a bit much when paid maternity leave was introduced, if this becomes allowable, where to next?

There are so many benifits for women in the workforce all costing the taxpayer. …

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