The Community and Public Sector Union is kicking off a new gender equality initiative examining key issues facing women at work.
Gender segregation, domestic violence and adequate superannuation for women will be the focus of a series of talks hosted by the union in coming weeks.
Gender segregation: Senator Jenny McAllister will examine ways in which the Australian workforce is segregated along gender lines, the impact this has on the gender pay gap and what steps can be taken to redress the balance.
Family violence: Claudia Laclean, Angela Lauman and Belinda Miller, solicitors from the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, will outline what workplace laws are in place to protect those experiencing family violence and how we can best support colleagues experiencing family violence.
Superannuation: Senator Katy Gallagher will speak about the superannuation gender gap. A recent Senate inquiry found that Australian women retire with just over half the amount of superannuation as men and one in three women retire with no super at all. Senator Gallagher will reflect on how women can avoid retiring with insufficient super.
“Union members have been leaders when it comes to improving the conditions of women at work. This year, CPSU members and delegates are working together in the Australian Public Service to examine what progress has been made on workplace gender equality and what more needs to be done,” said CPSU Deputy Secretary Beth Vincent-Pietsch.
“As part of our efforts to create positive change, we are hosting a series of talks that look at specific issues of interest for women at work,” explained Ms Vincent-Pietsch.
- 5.30pm Friday 12 May: Gender segregation of the Australian workforce
Guest speaker: Senator Jenny McAllister
- 6pm Thursday 18 May: Domestic Violence and the workplace
Guest speakers: Claudia Maclean, Angela Lauman, Belinda Miller: ACT Women’s Legal Centre
- 6pm Thursday 8 June: Women & Super
Guest speaker: Senator Katy Gallagher
Tickets are $10 for members of the public and free for members of the CPSU, with places for the session on domestic violence limited to CPSU members only. Tickets are strictly limited and attendees are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out.
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