Members are asked to supported the campaign #WeWontWaitDV for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave.
This is a very difficult campaign because we are shining a light in some very dark places; places which have been hidden for such a long time. But it calls for a simple measure that governments and employers can take to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Federation is calling on state and federal governments to legislate to introduce a discrete entitlement of 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards and in relevant state-based industrial legislation.
Please join the campaign by using the social media hashtag #WeWontWaitDV and visiting the Unions NSW website for more information.
Unions NSW has launched #WeWontWaitDV for domestic violence leave because two-thirds of women affected by domestic violence are in the workforce, and maintaining that employment is critical in supporting them to escape the violence. Without financial independence, it is nearly impossible for people to leave a situation of threat.
The current provision of five days for the NSW public sector, including teachers, is inadequate. The requirement to exhaust all sick and FACS leave before accessing the entitlement leaves already vulnerable people without leave available to cover their own illnesses or those of their children.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.