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TWU joins fight against family violence

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TWU joins fight against family violenceThe Transport Workers’ Union is demanding that all union negotiated enterprise agreements include domestic violence leave and flexible working arrangements for employees experiencing abuse.

Following strong support from workplace representatives, the TWU’s National Committee of Management will be encouraging workers across the aviation and road transport sectors to include domestic violence provisions in their claims.

The announcement came as the TWU and Virgin Australia held an event to mark White Ribbon Day, following the signing of agreements this year and last year giving cabin crew, pilots, baggage handlers, ramp workers and check-in staff domestic violence leave.

“The TWU is proud to partner with Virgin Australia on this important issue. This is not just an event once a year, it is a constant commitment to combatting domestic violence.

Virgin has shown the way in an industry that is a big employer, with 10,500 employed by Virgin. It is now time for others in aviation to follow their lead,” said TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon.

“The Virgin approach is in stark contrast to Qantas which despite 95 years in operation is refusing to participate in ending the scourge on our society that is domestic violence,” he added.

Qantas has refused to adopt specific provisions in its enterprise agreements on domestic violence stating it is not relevant to its business.

A survey published this week of 102 employers by the ACTU showed highly positive effects of providing paid domestic violence leave - including improvements in employers’ relationships with their employees.

Employers reported raised workplace morale and employees feeling safe, supported and free from fear of losing their jobs.

The TWU/Virgin Australia enterprise agreements give employees five days domestic violence special leave. The agreements allow workers time off to attend medical appointments and legal proceedings and give them flexibility on temporary changes to working hours or rosters.

The agreements also provide for workers to get telephone numbers and email addresses changed to avoid harassment, with all personal information concerning family violence kept strictly confidential.