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Rosie Batty endorses union push for domestic violence leave

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Rosie Batty endorses union push for domestic violence leave

The ACTU welcomes the support of domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty

for its claim to give millions of Australian workers access to domestic violence


Rosie Batty and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek were guest

speakers at the Women’s Lunch at the ACTU Congress in Melbourne today.

Ms Batty offered her support for the ACTU’s claim to give more than four million

workers covered by an award access to ten days paid domestic violence leave

for permanent staff and ten days unpaid leave for casuals.

Having access to domestic violence leave means victims have time to attend

court appearances and related appointments, seek legal advice and make

relocation arrangements.

It helps an employee experiencing family violence to keep their job and

maintain financial independence, which is critical for women trying to escape a

violent relationship.

The ACTU claim is currently before the Fair Work Commission as part of a

review of modern awards, which apply to more than four million Australian


Australian unions will also vote on a resolution at the ACTU Congress this

afternoon calling for bipartisan support for the ACTU’s domestic violence leave

claim and for all political parties to support the inclusion of paid domestic

violence leave as a minimum safety net entitlement.

Key facts:

 39 women in Australia have been killed by their male partner so far this


 Over 1.6 million employees now have access to paid domestic violence

leave in union negotiated workplace agreements

 Domestic violence costs the Australian economy $16.8 billion each year

Quotes attributable to ACTU President Ged Kearney:

“Domestic violence is a whole of society issue and that includes the workplace

and employers.

“Having a job and financial stability is critical for women to escape a violent and

abusive relationship.

“If the government is serious about tackling domestic violence, it should support

the ACTU claim to give more than four million award-reliant workers access to

domestic violence leave.“

Visit the ACTU website for all ACTU media releases.