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Tasmanian Unions campaign for paid family violence leave


The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader attended a White Ribbon Day breakfast in Canberra, united to stop violence against women.

While, Tasmanian unions are stepping up their campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave in the workplace.

They'll be participating in a march to deliver a letter to Premier Will Hodgman, to encourage him to take up the move with Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull to legislate leave covering all workers in Australia.

“We know that unfortunately on average a woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of some form of family and domestic violence. The Bureau of Statistics estimates about two-thirds of women who experience violence are at work” Unions Tasmania Secretary, Jessica Munday said.

The Union said, paid work plays a crucial role in helping a worker to leave an abusive relationship.

The Union welcome the announcement by the federal opposition, that would legislate for ten days paid family and domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

“Now, Prime Minister Turnbull needs to act. He needs to listen to survivors, families, domestic violence support workers and unions. He needs to look to many businesses like Telstra, IKEA, NAB and Qantas who have recognised how important it is to support survivors at work by providing paid leave,” Ms Munday said.

The march will start shortly.

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