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Sexual harassment and gendered violence in the workplace

Tens of thousands of people attended the @March4JusticeAU rallies across Australia earlier this year chanting “Enough is enough” and demanding an end to gender-based violence and workplace harassment.

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Casual teachers and maternity leave

Casual teachers are not entitled to access paid maternity leave in the same way as permanent and temporary teachers on an engagement can.

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Federation supports review of work laws

Federation last week wrote to the NSW Government calling on it to support proposed changes to work health and safety (WHS) laws to provide better protection for workers from psychological injury and sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Why women need to lead for better remuneration and working conditions

The culture of education systems and their management structures, wages, working conditions and organisational practices transmit strong messages about the value placed on the contribution and participation of women.

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Wiyi Yani U Thangani—(Women’s Voices)—Securing Our Rights, Securing Our Future Report 2020

A landmark report on Australia’s First Nations women and girls has been released by June Oscar AO, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

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​Books and videos to look out for

​Books and videos to look out for

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Domestic violence: COVID exposes home truths

Federation is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, at a time when grim evidence is mounting of a dramatic increase in cases of domestic violence in Australia during COVID.

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Age discrimination

Age discrimination is against the law and is defined by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) as “when you have been treated unfairly because of your age or because you are the relative, friend or colleague of someone of a particular age”.

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AEU Federal Women’s Conference

AEU Federal Women’s Conference, held in October, was also held online.

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Federation’s Women’s Conference

To maintain a sense of connection and solidarity with members despite the pandemic, Women’s Conference was held as an online webinar in August.

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Equal Pay Day 2020

Today marks the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women, on average, must work to earn the same as men in that year.

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Online safety

International research has identified that women and girls are subjected to very high levels of online abuse simply because they are women.

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Need for lactation support highlighted during World Breastfeeding Week

​The World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund have called on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, which is a critical component of breastfeeding support.

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Menopause can lead to discrimination

Going through menopause while working can be difficult. Menopause typically occurs for women between 45-55 years of age and is often preceded by peri-menopause.

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Make your voice heard on family and domestic violence

In response to the recent horrific murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children in Queensland in February, many people are questioning how this can happen.

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Sexual harassment pervasive in Australian workplaces

A national inquiry has found that sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is “widespread and pervasive” and equally shocking is the “gendered and intersectional nature of workplace sexual harassment”.

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Maternity leave in schools

People use the term “maternity leave” to refer to a range of rights and entitlements related to pregnancy. However, those entitlements can vary depending on the nature of employment.

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Union campaigning is a time investment worth your while

In keeping with the idea that you should give your time to the things that make the biggest difference, devote some of your time to participating in Federation activities, says member activist Guv Johal

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Members campaign for crucial leave provision for all workers

The We Won’t Wait domestic violence campaign continues to lobby for paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave included in the National Employment Standards.

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Women in education

Returning to work after maternity leave requires planning.

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Living the dream

My participation in a two-week Anna Stewart Program immersed me in union life and left me feeling even more energised and enthusiastic than when I arrived.

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