Multiplex are the first contractor to sign up to the construction union Unite’s “Period Dinity” campaign, to ensure that female workers have period dignity on site. the University of Glasgow Campus Development project is the first construction site in the UK to adopt this campaign which is now being rolled out across the UK.

The call comes after a survey of its women construction members found that a lack of facilities when women were having their periods was a major issue.

Unite is now asking contractors to sign-up to a four-point plan promising to:

  • Ensure each site or depot has a designated female toilet, which is always accessible, regularly cleaned and lockable
  • Handwashing facilities with running water and soap are provided in all welfare facilities
  • Sanitary bins are provided and they are cleaned and emptied regularly
  • Sanitary products are provided in a dispenser in a discreet location, free to workers.

“Multiplex is committed to providing great workplaces and spaces for everyone that comes to our sites. We’ve singlehandedly developed a new standard for temporary construction offices and are planning to certify all of our offices by the end of the year.  Supporting the Period Dignity campaign as part of our community engagement work is a natural extension to what we currently provide and we are delighted to support this initiative at our University of Glasgow Campus Development Project.”  Head of Community Engagement Caron Dunlop

 

Ann Allen, Director of Estates at the University of Glasgow said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Multiplex and we fully support this campaign as another step towards making the construction industry more attractive and accessible to women.

“This move helps bring working conditions on our campus development site in line with those of the wider University campus where we aim to create a supportive environment for all.”

 

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Unite is asking construction employers to sign up to four basic demands which will ensure that women workers can experience period dignity.

“With ever growing skills shortages in our industry, it is absolutely essential that construction becomes more attractive to women workers. A small step in achieving this is to ensure that women construction workers can have period dignity at work.

Unite welcomes Multiplex’s role as a trailblazer in signing up to the campaign and will continue to highlight other sites and companies which also sign up in the future”

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