The Fight To Bring About Change
The ACTU is running a test case, in the Fair Work Commission (FWC), for a new workplace right for working carers and working parents to temporarily reduce their hours to help them better manage their work and family commitments.
The Family Friendly Work Arrangements Test Case, to be heard by the FWC in December 2017, is a claim for a new Modern Award right to part-time work/reduced hours to help working parents and working carers better balance their work and family commitments. The claim also includes a right to access personal leave for pre-natal appointments.
Working carers are employees caring for a person with a disability, mental or physical illness or who is frail/aged, and working parents are employees caring for a child under school age.
This test case will revisit significant issues related to gender equality, job quality and the intersection of work, care and family in Australia for the first time in more than a decade.
This Is What Unions Do.
This is a most important campaign for workers and their families and the IEU is making a significant contribution to the Test Case both in identifying and supporting witness statements and also providing an expert industrial officer to the ACTU to assist with the case.
But as IEU members are too often aware, improvements to workers’ conditions are only ever won through the collective strength of Union members acting together.
IEU members’ collective engagement in the upcoming test case for family friendly arrangements will be no exception.
The ACTU Needs To Hear From IEU Members About Their Experiences As Working Carers And Parents.
To win, the ACTU needs IEU and other union members to fill out the Modern Workplaces survey about the types of caring responsibilities they have in their life.
The survey is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/modernworkplaces
It’s important that the ACTU get responses from all types of workers so the FWC understands all people have caring and parenting responsibilities that, from time to time, require flexible working arrangements.