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IEU calls for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave

IEU has urged its members to sign a petition to be submitted to the federal government in a bid to have 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave included in the National Employment Standards. In a statement, the Union argued that it was "unjust for a woman experiencing domestic violence to lose their job because of insufficient paid leave."

"Women who are working are more able to survive a violent home life."

The Union detailed how assistance was necessary at four different stages of a woman's escape from domestic violence:

  • "While they are living with violence;
  • At the time of preparing to leave a violent home life; and
  • At the time of escape from a violent home life; and
  • After a woman has left a violent home life."

IEU wants paid family and domestic violence leave included in the NES because "these standards are the minimum employment entitlements that must be provided to employees.

"The National Employment Standards (NES) covers all employees in national workplaces, regardless of any Award or Enterprise Agreement or employment contract."

"No workplace can exclude an NES condition"

IEU members can sign the petition to have ten days paid family and domestic violence leave included in the National Employment Standards here: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/we-won-t-wait-because-women-can-t-wait

Read the full IEU statement here