This week is Queensland Women’s Week, and today is International Women’s Day!
This International Women’s Day, I wanted to say a massive congratulations to all Together members who are working for safety and equality today and everyday.
Last year, we saw huge movements of women and allies standing up against discrimination, inequity and gendered violence. Thousands of women took to the streets across Queensland, raising their voices and declaring ‘enough is enough’. Women from the union movement were some of the leaders of this national discussion – because if there’s one thing we know as union members, it’s that we have to stand up for what’s right.
In 2022, we are still fighting for safety, respect and equality – at home, in our communities, and at work.
Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected in their workplace. Sexual harassment and sexism is a serious workplace health and safety issue that impacts everyone.
There is more work to do – and now is the time to push for safer workplaces.
The Queensland Government hasn’t moved fast enough to change the laws that keep workers safe. Enough is enough. The government needs to step up to be a leader and part of the solution.
Together members are calling for the Queensland Government to implement critical sexual harassment reforms in the Industrial Relations Act, the Anti-discrimination Act and the Work Health and Safety Act.
Union members have a history of standing up and winning for women’s rights at work and in our community.
Women make an invaluable contribution to our workplaces, our homes and our communities. Together, we can make sure Queensland women get the respect they deserve at work and change our workplaces for the better.
Finally - As part of Queensland Women’s Week, Together members are also invited to a virtual Queensland Council of Unions panel discussion on gendered violence and sexual harassment on Thursday 10th March, 12pm-1pm. You can register for this online panel here.