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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union will launch a new series of webinars, surveys and training events to support its women members tomorrow.

The Union will hold its Women Teachers’ Consultation Conference 2020 on Saturday, focusing on the theme of “Women Teachers: Leading in Crisis”.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“Now is a pivotal time to look at what progress has been made to secure equal rights for women, and how the NASUWT can help to fight gender inequality in the future.

“Women teachers have been working on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis and their voices must be heard.

“In the last few months, we have seen a resurgence of sex discrimination in the workplace.

“We have heard of outrageous treatment of pregnant women teachers who have faced escalated workplace discrimination during the pandemic with school and college employers failing to have due regard to their health and safety.

“That’s why we are saying that with the political intention to keep schools open this autumn and winter and as we face a second wave of Covid-19 transmission, pregnant women teachers, especially those in the third trimester, should be entitled to stay at home and work from home.

“The impact of the Government’s emergency measures and restrictions, as well as its handling of the pandemic overall, has also seen women teachers facing a disproportionate burden of unpaid care during the crisis.

“The majority of teachers are women who have kept children’s education going throughout this crisis, often trying to juggle the demands of remote education with the demands of looking after their own children and families.

“It is unacceptable that where a teacher’s child has been sent home to self-isolate, some school employers are threatening teachers with pay deductions or disciplinary action if they have to stay at home to look after their children.

“The NASUWT will not hesitate to pursue any employer if they discriminate against any member because of their sex or gender.”

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