Together, union members started the campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave.
This week, the new Labor government led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sits for the first time in Parliament and has committed to introduce 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave as one of their first acts.
USU members have campaigned to ensure paid family and domestic violence leave is a universal entitlement and allows a woman – and it nearly always is a woman – the time, support and job security she needs to escape and recover from an abusive relationship.
Now, we are at a critical moment.
Passing this legislation in Parliament will ensure all workers covered by the National Employment Standards including casual, part-time and permanent workers will be able access this critical support if they need it.
It takes time and money to leave. Moving to find a new, safe place for yourself and your family costs is estimated to cost up to $20,000 and take more than 140 hours – but Federal laws currently only provide for five days of unpaid leave.
Be part of history and add your name here to ensure all workers have access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.
If you need support or information about how to access family and domestic violence leave contact us at 1300 136 604.
You can also contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in immediate danger – call 000.