FSU welcomes introduction of PTSB Domestic Abuse and Violence workplace policy

25 May 2023

Caitleen Desetti, Industrial Relations Organiser with the Financial Services Union (FSU), has wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement by Permanent TSB of the introduction of a Domestic Abuse and Violence Workplace Policy.

PTSB have announced a Domestic Abuse and Violence Workplace Policy which includes within it :

  • 10 days’ fully paid leave in cases of domestic abuse and violence.
  • External confidential support and free counselling through the Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Assistance changing bank account details to adjust where salary is paid.
  • Assistance developing a personal safety plan preventing a perpetrator accessing you at work.
  • Referral to external supports.
  • Flexible working arrangements.

Commenting on the announcement Ms Desetti said :

“The FSU has been at the fore of campaigning across the banking sector and wider society for domestic abuse supports and calling for a minimum of 10 days’ paid leave from employers.

By bringing in ten days’ fully paid leave to support employees in crisis as a result of domestic abuse, Permanent TSB is exceeding the statutory minimum requirement of 5 days and is now in line with its main competitors in the banking sector. This is to be welcomed and applauded as the correct response in supporting and helping employees in a crisis situation.

It is absolutely crucial for employers to support workers who are suffering from domestic abuse and to ensure their job and income is protected at a time when their independence can be truly lifesaving.” 

The policy will be effective from 1 May 2023.