Rally against cuts to Paid Parental Leave to be held in Brisbane
A rally to be held Monday, 1 June in Brisbane will send a message to the federal government that cuts to Paid Parental Leave (PPL), which will impact 80,000 Australian families, are unacceptable.
The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) is coordinating the event that will see unionists and broader community members join together to reject the removal of an existing entitlement of $11,500 that enabled workers to extend their parental leave.
"Big Brisbane Baby Blockade Against the Budget"
MONDAY 1 JUNE, 2015
1 EAGLE STREET, WATERFRONT PLACE. BRISBANE CITY
Our union encourages interested members in the Brisbane area to attend.
Our union rejects cuts to PPL
Our union secretary, Terry Burke, said members had fought hard and achieved family-friendly provisions, including paid maternity leave, which should continue to be respected by employers as a sound investment in their workforce.
"The current universal Paid Parental Leave scheme, introduced by the previous government, was designed as a basic scheme for parents that would be complemented by employer schemes, taking women’s wages up to their full salary, or allowing for a longer period of leave.
"Claims of 'double dipping' don’t wash. It is insulting and totally misrepresents the nature and design of the scheme. This latest attack on families will prevent working mothers from taking a reasonable period of maternity leave, forcing a premature return to work for many mothers who will soon face the difficult task of finding costly childcare.
"The reality is that many of our members who were hoping to start or extend their families in 2016 have lost a valuable entitlement in this Budget."
"This is a huge step backwards in terms of family friendly policies."