Archives for October 2016

NFAW Annual Dinner – Tuesday 29 November 2016

More than 60 of us enjoyed meeting each other and listening to Barbara Deegan speak about the impact of increasing casualisation of the Australian workforce. More and more employees are being engaged on short term contracts which reduce their benefits and access to leave and mean that it is difficult for them to qualify eg for mortgage loans. While regulations apply, enforcement and monitoring is constrained because of limited resourcing for the Fair Work Ombudsman.

 

Protect our Paid Parental Leave!

WHO and Australian child and maternal health authorities recommend 26 weeks. The current scheme facilitates that by setting a minimum of 18 weeks (paid for by the taxpayer) as a floor under workplace entitlements.

The Government wants to change that to effectively 18 weeks maximum. Women will be forced back to work early through financial stress, doing harm to themselves and the baby. To cap the situation, there is minimal available affordable child care for infants.

NFAW asks you to write as soon as you can to Senators of every Party – Greens, Labor, NXT, Lambie, Hinch….

 

Read more about the Call to Protect Paid Parental Leave 

View an Analysis of the impact of the government’s cuts to paid parental leave from the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney

The Conversation – Paid parental leave plan ignores economics of well-functioning families

Buzzfeed – What Young Women Need To Know About Government Attacks On Parental Leave

NFAW calls on government to fund Time Use Survey

The Government has responded, noting the ABS Gender Indicators as an ‘invaluable resource’. The letter from Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment and for Women, is here.

NFAW makes a submission to the Fair Work Commission on family and domestic violence leave

The submission supports the ACTU’s claim for inclusion of a family and domestic leave clause in modern awards.