Change the Rules for Working Women - ACTU Australian Unions

Change the Rules for Working Women


Working women power this country, through both paid and unpaid labour.

But our workplace rules and structures let women down. Women face an unfair, uphill battle at every turn.

Australian Unions are calling on politicians to institute deep structural reform of Australia’s workplace rules to make them fair for women.

A new report by research consultant Dr Nicole Bluett-Boyd, commissioned by the ACTU, lays out a comprehensive series of recommendations for reform that will address the structural bias against women in our current workplace laws.

They include:

  • The abolition of “primary” and “secondary” parental leave, to be replaced by 26 weeks’ leave that a family can use however they want.
  • The payment of superannuation on every dollar that women earn, including on paid parental leave.
  • The establishment of an expert Pay Equity Panel within the Fair Work Commission.
  • The right for all employees to receive – not merely request – family friendly working hours.
  • The provision of ten days paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • The restoration and protection of penalty rates.
  • A proper definition of casual work.

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