It's time for Respect@work.
Gender equity is core to who we are as a union. Together members throughout history have been part of winning reforms that have improved the working lives of women.
Over the last couple of months, we have seen thousands of women in the streets demanding respect at work, at home and in their communities. Working women have been on the front page of newspapers sharing their stories of sexual assault and discrimination.
The gender pay and super gap are still leaving women behind. It's time for change - take action for gender equity.
Our politicians have been dragging their feet on these issues for years. We’ve seen Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government continue to do the bare minimum and make awful statements about women protesting.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk came out in support of the March for Justice. She has made some important statements about the issues that matter to us – like gender pay equity, superannuation and safety at work. It's important that these statements translate into action.
Together members know that right now we need to see real action - from every employer, and every level of government. We need statements translated in to actions and outcomes.
We already have the solutions to many of the challenges women are facing at work. Things like the recommendations in the Respect@Work report, affordable early education, flexibility at work and shared parental leave make our workplaces fairer for everyone.
Only when union members stand together and take action can we create the kind of change we need to see in this moment. We have done it before, and we can do it now.
It’s up to us to make sure that every workplace is doing their bit to close the gender pay gap and make sure that everyone is safe at work.
Labour Day is just around the corner. Together members will be celebrating all the important work you have done this year and taking the issues that matter to union members straight to our politicians and the streets. Keep an eye out for the details in the coming days.
Every day I am inspired by the strength and bravery of Together members who stand up to get paid what they deserve, work together to improve conditions, and fight back against discrimination in their workplace.
Together, we are powerful.