Most people associate unions with pay rises and nothing else. But the simple fact is that unions have been historically responsible for some of the most important advances for working women in Australia.
The trade union movement were the driving force behind the introduction of equal pay for women, for guaranteed maternity leave, for sexual discrimination legislation in the workplace, and much more.
These important gains were fought and won by hard-working union women who stood together and refused to be bullied.
And now, the union movement is leading the fight for guaranteed access to ten days of paid domestic violence leave for all Australian workers – an issue that overwhelmingly, and disproportionately, affects women.
Australia’s trade union movement even specifically maintains an ongoing and regular action group called WIMDOI
(Women In Male Dominated Occupations and Industries), which you can find on Twitter
Many people aren’t aware that unions actually have substantial scope under Australian law to take action against harassers and abusers in the workplace. Just like every other part of your job, it’s workers who actually hold all the power – and when workers band together and take action, they get results.