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Home > News > 2019 > May > A fairer future for …women

A fairer future for …women

working_women.pngWorking women have disproportionately borne the brunt of Australia’s broken industrial rules.


These broken rules have locked women into a system that pays them 14.1% less and increasingly denies them a secure retirement.


Women retire with 47% less super than men and, sadly, women aged over 55 represent the fastest growing segment of homeless people in Australia.


Women are more likely to be in insecure work and face more disruptions over their working life by often having the responsibility of caring for children, family members and ageing parents.


61% of women with young children work part-time. We know that the ‘caring gap’ has an adverse impact on working women.


Research shows that becoming a parent provides men with an income ‘bonus’ while working mothers receive a penalty that leaves them earning less than all other workers.


Women are more likely to experience sexual harassment in the workplace and violence at home. 


It’s time to close the gender pay gap and we can only do so by changing the rules and voting for a fairer future.



Changing the rules for women

The parties that have endorsed the Change The Rules agenda have acknowledged the inequality faced by women.


Changing the rules for women would mean better laws to address workplace harassment.


It would mean providing 10 days of paid domestic violence leave to all workers. Currently, more than one woman per week dies at the hand of a partner or family member. One of the main reasons people don’t leave dangerous relationships is for fear of losing their job or income. Paid leave will help save lives.


The structure of our industrial laws must also change to recognise its adverse impacts on women. The Change The Rules agenda would mean new equal pay laws to address the gender pay gap.


The Fair Work Commission (FWC) should also employ gender equity specialists to ensure that the regulator investigates the impact of our industrial system on women and makes positive change accordingly.


Vote to Change The Rules for women, vote for a fairer future.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.