Australia: "Why employers are being asked to create 'menopause friendly' workplaces"

A response to Matt's question. Link here. Excerpt:

'Experiences like Ms Montague Mackay's are at the heart of a growing push to have employers help female employees negotiate this time of their life, just as they might during pregnancy.
The ideas are detailed in a new Monash University resource to help more workplaces become menopause friendly.

Professor Kat Riach said it made economic sense, with some studies suggesting between 40 and 75 per cent of women said they felt menopause affected their productivity.
Academics at the Monash Business School estimated there were 1.3 million Australian women between the ages of 45 and 55 who worked in the health and education sectors alone and one in four were likely to experience significant menopausal symptoms.

"That's a significant number of women experiencing menopause in the workplace," Professor Riach said.'
Ms Montague Mackay spoke about her experiences at a special forum on women's health at work in Melbourne.

It was organised by Naomi Seddon — a partner in global employment firm Littler.
Within one day of posting the event she had more than 20,000 hits and requests from women across the globe to hold similar events in their city.
Ms Seddon has represented US clients which have started offering to cover the cost of their employees' IVF, nannies and even transgender reassignment surgery.'

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95% of workplace deaths are males.

Ignoring this overwhelmingly gendered statistic, Worksafe Australia, the Australian government authority for monitoring, managing and reducing work place fatalities and injuries, remains in complete denial. This is completely consistent with Monash University and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation remaining obsessed with hot flushes in the workplace, while not giving a damn about male deaths.

Rather than an evidence based approach workplace safety that recognises it as an extremely gendered event, Worksafe uses the feminist ideological approach that ignores all male data flags, and concentrates on “women’s rights” in the employment environment.

Worksafe no longer provides a breakdown of workplace fatalities by sex, as this is seen to be of no value (i.e. it doesn’t fit the feminist narrative).

This may be because Worksafe Australia is headed by a well known feminist and Chief Executive Women president, who has stated in the past that “men need to step aside from their jobs” to allow women to rise. Is it possible that a continuing high rate of male workplace fatalities may help achieve that result? Or is Workplace Australia simply ambivalent towards male deaths?

The CEO of the Worksafe Victoria, second largest state in Australia, is another feminist who also appears to be more concerned with women’s rights than male fatalities, proclaiming proudly NO special initiatives to combat male workplace fatalities, but special funding for women rights in the workplace.

No surprise that hot flushes in the workplace take precedence over dead men.

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