• NSW unions throw weight behind we won’t wait campaign
  • 8000 workers take part in 160 actions over 16 days
  • Time for Baird to speak up on paid domestic violence leave 

The NSW union movement has thrown its weight behind the We Won’t Wait campaign to increase the pressure on Premier Mike Baird to support 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

More than 20 unions held 160 actions over 16 days in the lead up to the Council of Australian Governments meeting on Friday where it is hoped Turnbull will tackle the issue.

ASU Secretary Natalie Lang said she was blown away by the support and level of activity across the NSW union movement.

“Our members started this campaign two years ago and it’s grown to more than 8000 workers on waterfronts to building sites, libraries to warehouses, hospitality to hospitals raising funds and talking about the importance of this life saving leave.

 “Now we need Mike Baird to speak up. Women and children are suffering and he can do something to support them by joining the Victorian, ACT, QLD and South Australian Governments in their calls for universal paid domestic violence leave.”

Jo Reichichi was one of hundreds of ASU delegates from frontline services who met at Trades Hall on Thursday in a last ditch attempt to call local members of parliament for support.

“Apart from the violence women must also keep their children safe, find new and secure accommodation; go through the court system and all the while try to maintain a job and an income.

“Politicians say that they care but we need to see strong words about saying no to violence translated into strong action.”

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