• Domestic violence is union business
  • Baird under pressure from all angles
  • Hundreds rally to say we won’t wait 

Hundreds have rallied at State Parliament calling on the Premier Mike Baird to support the inclusion of domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

The calls come ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Summit on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children later this month.  

Natalie Lang, NSW/ACT Secretary of Australian Services Union said the union movement has already negotiated for over 1.6 million workers to have access to paid domestic violence leave. However domestic violence leave shouldn’t have to be negotiated, it should be universal.

“ASU members, the frontline workers in the community sector, see firsthand the impact domestic violence has on women and families. Universal paid domestic violence leave will save lives,” Ms Lang said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate around two thirds of women experiencing domestic violence are in the workforce.

“On average, 184 incidents of domestic violence are reported in NSW every day. Yet there is no basic entitlement for a worker experiencing such violence to access leave,” Secretary of Unions NSW Mark Morey told the crowd.

At the rally Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation congratulated the Australian union movement for leading the world on paid domestic violence leave but said more must be done to support women and children living with violence.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley committed a future Labor Government to doubling paid domestic violence from five days to ten while at the time of going to print the Premier had failed to do the same. 


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