Unions have been, and continue to be, a bridge between the worlds of work, community and family argues Victorian Minister for Women’s Affairs, Mary Delahunty.
took nearly 55 years for the first woman to pass through this chamber as an
elected member of parliament!
Parliament – a record number of women for Victoria!
partners in our democratic process. It is a tribute to the leadership shown by
thousands of women and the Trade Union Movement.
disparate worlds of work, community and family.
providing balance and harmony between work and family life.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) 8th World
Women’s Congress here in Melbourne.
achievements in public and community life and move the agenda
As many of you would be aware, Australia still has a way to go in improving the rights of women.
maternity leave scheme.
them, matters to the economic and social well being of our whole
favoured more family friendly workplace laws and a cap on long working
than 8,000 employees nationwide, documented high levels of workplace stress,
insecurity, financial difficulty, understaffing, excessive workloads, and unpaid
1901 and the State elections of 1908. Yet, up until 1949, women’s wages were
only 54% of male wages. In 2003 Victorian women still receive only 67% of an
average male’s earnings.
every sphere – are crucial to combating institutionalised
response to the voices of women in our community.
RETURN TO WORK grant. In addition, projects that genuinely assist families in
achieving a balance between work and family life will be supported in the
workplace. (This policy commits to)
maternity leave scheme.
employers providing paid maternity or adoption leave. That Bill will pass
through the Victorian Parliament in the next session.
Hospital, implementing the first comprehensive women’s health strategy and
extending Indigenous maternity services.
Commissioner of Police, Christine Nixon, is the highest ranking female officer
live, whatever their cultural background, whatever their life choices. The Queen
Victoria Women’s Centre will be up and running and delivering on these
promises in the immediate future.
all-important networks both inside and outside the trade union movement, and,
across the world.
continue the exchange of ideas.
so many women union leaders from 148 countries gathered here, dedicated to
reshaping the work and family experiences of men and women?
you are a vital part of the future of all women.