We need respect@work now – Come to Labour Day on Monday!
It has been almost two months since thousands of women took to the streets of Brisbane to march for justice.
We were demanding change in how we are treated in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities.
With a single voice women were calling for an end to sexual assaults, an end to domestic violence, an end to discrimination in our workplaces and we were demanding justice.
After that march we heard a lot from our politicians but we have not seen real action to address the issues that as women we face every day.
As workers and union members we know that achieving change is not easy but we also know that collectively we force real change but only when we keep the pressure up on our politicians.
The issues we face have been around for decades and some progress has been made, but not enough.
We need our politicians to keep talking about our issues but also to start acting on real solutions. They will only do this if we keep our issues front and centre of the political discussion.
This Monday we have an opportunity to do just that.
This year Together is leading the Brisbane Labour Day march.
What members say and the posters we hold can dominate the media and political coverage of the march.
This is a great opportunity for women to show that as unionists we are demanding action from the Commonwealth and Queensland governments to fully implement the Respect@work report but also to go further and address issues such as equal pay for equal work.
Our message will only be as strong as the number of members who attend.
I am passionate about the need for change.
I am committed to campaigning for as long as it takes to force real change.
I am going to March on Monday to make change a reality.
I know that the rights we have as workers and as women have been achieved by the campaigns of our mothers and grandmothers.
We had to fight for the right to vote.
We had to fight for the concept of equal pay.
We had to fight for paid maternity and parental leave, the right to work after getting married, the right to work in industries that we were locked out of …. The list goes on. We owe so much to the women unionists who went before us.
The challenge for us will be what sort of community and workplaces will we leave our daughters, our nieces, our next generation?
Now is the time for action.
Monday is the time to March.