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More publicity than accessions in the two municipalities that apply menstrual losses


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The experiments with menstrual sick leave have so far been quite ineffective in Spain, since of the more than 1,200 women who could right now adhere to a permit due to a painful and incapacitating rule in the municipalities of Girona or Castellón de la Plana, only six have done so, on eight occasions. It serves as an example, although it is true that the measure of both municipalities differs greatly from that articulated by the Executive, since the municipal agreements require that the eight hours that are absent in the following quarter be recovered. But in one place and another, the pioneering experience has had more publicity than repercussionsNo, say union sources.

Municipal sources from the Girona City Council explain to ABC that since the launch of this initiative, approved in June 2021 and fully in force this year, six workers (of 533, half of the workforce) have requested it.

In total, they have received 30 hours and 33 minutes of this permit, a figure that the consistory believes could have been higher if teleworking had not been implemented by Covid at this time.

its regulations offers eight hours a month (or the proportional part corresponding to a reduced working day) due to menstrual indisposition. These available hours, which must be authorized by a person in charge, can be taken in minimum fractions of an hour and recovered in a maximum period of three months. It can be requested by all women, trans men or non-binary people from the council. The measure was proposed by the government team (JpC and ERC) from the General Negotiation Table with the unions and was approved in a nominal vote that had the support of the mayors, minus one of Cs.

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Union sources, on the other hand, tell this newspaper that if there have only been six cases, it is because they have “more profitable alternatives” for those women who suffer pain due to their period, such as sick days that do not have to be covered later or the returnable salary option.

Medical report valid for two years

Precisely, with the mirror of Girona and under the same conditions, Castellon City Council included this permit in their collective agreement last September. Women must attach a medical report valid for two years. However, as the consistory confirms to this newspaper, none of its nearly 600 workers has accepted the right in the five months it has been in force. The unions have received no complaints in this regard. Rosana Seguerofficial in the consistory and delegate of Personnel and Equality of UGT, attributes this situation to the saturation of the consultations of the specialists.

In Gerona, they have been welcomed for a total time of 30 hours and 33 minutes; in Castellón no one has accepted justified in the delay accumulated by appointments in Gynecology

“Everyone has been informed, but there are delays of more than four months to have an appointment with the gynecologist and many colleagues have not been able to request the report, that is why they have not accepted it,” she justifies. «When the pain begins, the family doctor, who does not know the labor agreements, directly makes them a proof of home rest for 24 to 48 hours that they do not have to return. We are working so that the permit is not recoverable, especially when there is a certificate on the table”, says Seguer.

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Another Castellón town hall, that of Burriana, plans to launch this permit -in the same terms- at the end of the year, after being approved within its Equality Plan. For its part, The shipsan innovation center that belongs to the Valencia City Council, has also been applying it for a few weeks to its 26 workers, 66% of the total workforce.

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