Barnett Government fails to support victims of family and domestic violence

Monday 25 Jul 2016

The Health Services Union (WA) has called on Premier Colin Barnett to do more to support victims of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV), and to reconsider his opposition to special leave for victims of FDV employed in the WA public sector.

In recent EBA negotiations, the HSUWA’s claim for an additional 10 days paid domestic violence leave was rejected by Premier Barnett.

In responding to the union’s claim, Premier Colin Barnett said that, “I do not believe that an additional leave entitlement is warranted.”

Premier Barnett’s position is in stark contrast to that of all the other State Governments’ across the country, with every State other than Western Australia now providing, or offering in future wage agreements, additional paid leave for public sector employees who are victims of FDV.

This means that WA public sector employees who are victims of FDV, will continue to be forced to draw upon other forms of leave designed to cover them for other purposes.

HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill said the claim for additional leave for victims of FDV was aimed at recognising the extra time off that such employees would require, whilst enabling them to maintain their financial security. 

“The claim for additional leave was aimed at ensuring that victims of family and domestic violence could maintain their paid employment and financial stability, whilst they took the extra time needed to break the cycle of abuse and violence,

“With WA recording the second highest rate of reported FDV reported assaults across all States and Territories1, this was clearly an opportunity ignored by the Barnett government to support FDV victims and to lead by example for other employers,

“I call on the Premier to demonstrate his Government’s commitment to addressing the scourge of domestic violence, and to rethink his opposition to special leave for victims of FDV employed in the WA public sector.”

 

1.http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4510.0~2014~Main%20Features~Experimental%20Family%20and%20Domestic%20Violence%20Statistics~10000

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