FSU and Ulster Bank agree new partners’ leave policy

14 September 2022

The FSU have welcomed the agreement with Ulster Bank of a new progressive policy for Family Leave arrangements.

The Bank has introduced a new policy called Partners Leave which provides for fully paid leave that matches maternity leave for partners of those giving birth. This also includes surrogacy and adoption cases. This policy will commence from 1 January 2023

Commenting on the agreement Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial Relations and Campaigns said:

“We welcome the announcement by Ulster Bank of a new parents leave policy and recognise the Bank have adopted a positive and progressive approach in response to an extremely important issue.

The FSU lodged a claim for partners leave some time ago which is currently under third party mediation. However, as a result of this new policy, we are satisfied that this resolves our dispute and consequently are happy to withdraw our claim.

FSU will continue to campaign for maternity, parents, paternity, and partners rights across the sector.”