MIKE Amesbury joined Labour colleagues in the House of Commons to show his backing for a campaign aimed at supporting employees who are victims of domestic violence.
The GMB Union’s Domestic Violence Charter calls on employers to support staff who are experiencing domestic abuse, so they will not be disadvantaged at work and will be supported with access to services and information.
It also asks employers to pledge to train staff to be able to appropriately and confidently support their colleagues.
Shocking figures published from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show an estimated two million adults experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women, 695,000 men).
Mike, MP for Weaver Vale and Shadow Employment Minister, attended the official launch in the Commons, where he also heard some harrowing first hand accounts from people who have been victims of domestic abuse.
He said: “Domestic violence is sadly a huge problem and something that we need to tackle as a society.
“If someone doesn’t feel safe in their home, then the workplace can often be a place of refuge and it’s really important that we empower staff to feel they have the confidence and the expertise to help anyone who may be suffering.
“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and I encourage employees to sign up.”
Nell Andrew, GMB National Equality and Inclusion Officer, said: “Workers have for far too long been told that domestic abuse was something that was a ‘personal issue that shouldn’t interfere with work’.
“Domestic abuse is a workplace issue and people experiencing it are often subject to disciplinary action or job losses, often through no fault of their own. Members have lost their jobs due to the abuse they have experienced at home.
“We need employers to stand up for their staff and make the workplace a truly safe and supportive space for everyone.”