Unite the union welcomed today’s (Wednesday 13 March) commitment by the chancellor Philip Hammond to make sanitary products available at no charge in schools in England, as a victory for its period dignity campaign.

It follows commitments by major global employers, such as Rolls-Royce, Manchester Metropolitan mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City region mayor Steve Rotheram to sign up their organisations to Unite’s period dignity campaign.

Unite national officer for equalities Siobhan Endean said: “The chancellor’s commitment to make sanitary products available in schools in England is a victory for Unite’s period campaign and builds on commitments Unite has secured from global companies and metro mayors.

“Unite has been at the forefront of campaigning for sanitary products to be available at no cost in workplaces and public buildings so that women and girls can have period dignity.

“We trust the government views the chancellor’s commitment as a first step in making sanitary products freely available at no cost across all public buildings in the UK and ensure VAT is removed as soon as possible.

“We also trust that funding for the chancellor’s commitment will be ring fenced and ongoing rather than a one off payment.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.