• Historic case for paid domestic violence leave kicks off
  • 67 women killed remembered in national day of action
  • Rally piles pressure on Baird to support paid leave at COAG 

Unions across the country have united in a national day of action, in a historic push to win 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave.

Rallies were held in every capital city to remember the 67 women who have been killed by a partner or family member so far in 2016. 

At the Sydney rally community workers lent their support to the Fair Work Commission case and called on NSW Premier Mike Baird to support the inclusion of paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

“Paid domestic violence leave is a life-saving entitlement and including it in the NES reinforces domestic violence as a community responsibility,” Natalie Lang, Secretary of the Australian Services Union, told the crowd. 

“Research into workplaces that already have family and domestic violence leave in place show it has significant benefits for the employees affected by domestic violence.” 

The case is supported by the National Retail Association, the Victorian Government and the Human Rights Commission. 

Sam Parker, a frontline worker at Penrith Women’s Health Centre, knows how important domestic violence leave is to women fleeing abusive relationships.

“These women have had contact with the police and have to attend court for an AVO and related charge matters.”

“They might be required to attend appointments if they have injuries or they might need time off to secure accommodation for their children,” she said. 

Unions will be holding 16 days of action building up to 9 December (COAG meeting) as part of the We Won’t Wait campaign for universal domestic violence leave. 

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