Women face many challenges at work and the Together Women’s Network exists to give women members a forum for their views and opportunities to build positive change in workplaces and the community.
The Together Women’s Network is open to the participation of all women members of Together. You can express your interest in joining this group by contacting our Women’s Officer Jo Justo on 1800 177 244.
Recently the Women’s Network have discussed and engaged in changes to policies including the extension of the National Employment Standards to recognize Carers’ Leave as a reason to request Flexible Working Arrangements and amendments to special leave provisions. Other recent wins on a union-wide front have included the extension of paid parental leave, as well as the national equal pay case, strongly supported by Queensland union members and won after an enormous amount of support nationwide. These are a great sign of the strength of resolve of workers to achieve full equality.
Together, we can achieve better outcomes for working women right across Queensland and build a better opportunities for women to be involved in their union.
Anna Stewart Project
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project has been operative in Queensland since 1988. It is a mentorship and learning program that aims to give women unionists avenues to become more involved in their union. The program operates as a union exchange where participants spend time both with their own union as well as another union.
Emma Miller Award
Emma Miller was one of the founding figures of the Queensland union movement – a champion of women’s suffrage as well as the rights of working women. Emma Miller is remembered every year when we recognise up and coming women activists from across the movement for following in Emma’s footsteps.
The 2011 recipient is Chris Fox, a Social Worker from Townsville Hospital. Chris is a delegate who is not only active industrially but also very active in creating links between the union movement and her community. During the floods and cyclones of early 2011 Chris and her fellow union members at Townsville Hospital raised nearly $3000 for those affected.
Chris Fox (center) accepting her Emma Miller Award, 2011
A long term project that Chris is leading is the facilitation and organising of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander members to develop their voice and gain recognition for Indigenous Liaison Officers in Townsville.