Together, ASU members started and led the campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave.
This week, the new Labor government sits for the first time in Parliament and today has introduced 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave as one of their first acts.
ASU members have campaigned to ensure paid family and domestic violence leave is a universal entitlement and allows a woman – and it nearly always is a woman – the time, support and job security she needs to escape and recover from an abusive relationship.
Today is a good day. This bill will saves lives, but we are at a critical moment - the bill still needs to pass through the senate.
Passing this legislation in Parliament will ensure all workers covered by the National Employment Standards including casual, part-time and permanent workers will be able access this critical support if they need it.
It takes time and money to leave. Moving to find a new, safe place for yourself and your family costs is estimated to cost up to $20,000 and take more than 140 hours – but Federal laws currently only provide for five days of unpaid leave.
Be part of history and add your name here to ensure all workers have access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.
When this bill is passed, it will ensure an extra 8.44 million workers have access to this crucial entitlement.
If you need support or information about how to access family and domestic violence leave contact us at 1800 177 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in immediate danger – call 000.