ACTU President Ged Kearney will respond to celebrated feminist and activist Anne Summers’ presentation at the Summers Breakfast tomorrow to mark International Women’s Day.

It is timely to reflect on the fact that women disproportionately bear the brunt of the Turnbull Government’s attacks on working people, the recent cuts to penalty rates being no exception.

Quotes attributable to ACTU President Ged Kearney:

“It is an honour to be on the same platform as Anne Summers – a great and tireless advocate for women.”

“The recent decision by the Fair Work Commission on penalty rates will hit women hardest.”

“It is the last in a long line of decisions that have made or will make life much harder for so many women and yet the Turnbull Government refuses to act to protect the wages of women who are over-represented in the retail and hospitality sectors.”

“On International Women’s Day this government can’t point to any policies that benefit women, and will no doubt be trying to deflect attention from many which will make it harder for women get into and stay in the workforce.”

“We call on Malcolm Turnbull to take the opportunity to support women in work. He can start by legislating to protect penalty rates which form a vital part of weekly pay packets for hundreds of thousands of women.”


Information on the Summers Breakfast: