- Fighting for members’ right to be hands-on fathers
- NSW Health wasting taxpayers money
- Working families need flexibility
The CFMEU has taken on the fight for daddy day care after NSW Health management moved to stop two fathers being involved in the after-school care of their primary school-aged children.
For the past eight years Cameron and Craig Zammit – painters at Liverpool Hospital – have started work an hour early at 6am so they can finish in time to pick up their kids from school. Their wives start work late so they can do the school drop-offs.
Now, new management at Liverpool Hospital has decided its commitment to family friendly workplaces doesn’t apply to dads, even though the arrangement has no impact on the men’s work.
“We love our jobs and the fact that our hours allow us to be hands on dads, father of three, Craig Zammit told Snapshot. “But all that is about to change and we can’t understand why.”
NSW Health is now spending countless hours and valuable taxpayers’ money taking legal action to block the Zammit brothers working their family friendly hours,” CFMEU Organiser Paul Connell said.
“Instead of trying to pull these two dads down we should be lauding them and promoting them as an example of working families sharing parenting and housework,” Mr Connell said.
The CFMEU has won a stay of action on the brothers’ hours until April. A petition is now circulating to pressure NSW Health and the NSW Government to live up to the promise of flexible work for parents and ensure it applies to dads as well as mums.