The We Won’t Wait campaign for paid domestic violence leave has placed pressure on the NSW Government to successfully win an entitlement to 10 days paid leave for NSW Public Sector employees. This was a significant win, but the push to see make it a universal entitlement and included in the National Employment Standards continues.
Why is this important? In Australia a woman dies every week because of family and domestic violence. Family and domestic violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness among women aged 15-44 years, greater than cancer or heart disease. And yet access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave is limited.
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave means a woman can access support services so she can leave a violent situation. She can attend court, doctor’s appointments, meet with real estate agents, change her children’s school, all without the fear of losing her job.
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will save lives. To get involved in this life changing campaign contact us here.
Sign the petition here: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/we-won-t-wait-because-women-can-t-wait
The NSW government made cuts to workers compensation in 2012. The government said the fund was unsustainable and cut benefits to injured workers, with 4,000 workers cut off on Boxing Day 2017. However, we know the government is actually sitting on a growing surplus of $2.4 billion, yet the government continues to cut benefits to these injured workers.
This money is there to help workers who have been injured at work – it should be used to do that. The NSW Government can afford workers compensation – it just doesn’t believe people are entitled to it.
There is also speculation the NSW Government has plans to privatise its workers compensation scheme. The welfare of the injured and vulnerable should not be in the hands of private for-profit companies. Sign our petition to demand the government commit to keeping workers comp in public hands and restore benefits to injured workers.
BIG BUSINESS HAS TOO MUCH POWER
Over the last 30 years we have been told that the profits from big businesses will trickle down to workers. However, statistics show that wage growth has stagnated and that wealth is continually concentrated at the top with CEOs and corporations making huge profits and workers not getting their fair share.
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY DISMANTLING JOB SECURITY
The Liberal government is working with big businesses and multi-national corporations to maximise profits while offshoring and casualising jobs and cutting penalty rates for casual workers.
COMPANY PROFITS ARE BOOMING
The takeaway food industry is predicted to reach $3.5 billion in the next five years. Food delivery riders are paid below minimum wage, they have no superannuation, no sick pay, no annual leave, no insurance and no right to challenge being sacked.
We have partnered with the Transport Workers Union and food delivery riders to fight for their rights and we are committed to ensuring that no worker in this country earns below minimum wage and has access to basic work entitlements.
We are also pursuing a legislative agenda which seeks to extend basic work entitlements to riders. We have made some progress with the NSW State Government in securing such commitments. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done.
We urge you to sign our petition and demand that UberEATS, MenuLog and Deliveroo improve the working conditions of their riders immediately.
If you would like to be more actively involved, please get in touch with us.