Calling all women Members – Applications open for the Anna Stewart Memorial Project
Tuesday 24 May 2016
The union movement has a long history of campaigning for equal rights and benefits for women at work, including equal wage cases, discrimination law reform and paid parental leave. Sadly there is still a long way to go – the gender pay gap is still around 18% and the superannuation payout for women on retirement is, on average, around a third of that for men. If these issues are going to be addressed, we need active, engaged and skilled women leading the way. 76% of HSUWA members are women and we call on all of you to consider this fantastic opportunity.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of this extraordinary project and HSUWA is proud to participate again. This Project is a 5 day leadership development program specifically for women union members.
Aims of the Project
- To encourage women’s participation in unions.
- To promote a greater awareness of the particular needs of women union members and the important contributions women can make to the development and growth of their union.
- To facilitate a greater understanding of the industrial issues confronting women in both blue and white collar occupations.
- To develop awareness of the ways in which women can work together in addressing the discrimination and exploitation of women workers in Australia.
During the week women from diverse workplaces and occupations spend time together discussing work and issues that affect union women. Participants will also gain exposure to key union campaigns and develop a deeper understanding of how workplace issues are tackled, both by their union and other unions.
The program runs from Monday, 15 August to Friday, 19 August (inclusive) and is FREE to members. Members working in the public sector are eligible to use the five days of paid trade union training leave to complete this program. Interested members working in the private sector should contact the union office for advice on their specific entitlements.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the HSUWA for further information.