The SDA today commended the National Retailers Association (NRA) on its invaluable support for paid family and domestic violence leave.
The Fair Work Commission is currently considering an application by the ACTU to include an entitlement of 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave as part of the modern award structure.
SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said that in supporting domestic violence leave, the NRA has demonstrated courage and leadership that is to be highly commended.”
“Family and domestic violence can only be addressed when we as a society take collective responsibility for resolving it.
“Government, unions and business must all play their part and today the NRA has taken an invaluable leadership role in the business community which is to be admired.”
Family and domestic violence is a major issue in Australia. Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
Without appropriate action to address violence against women and their children, an estimated three-quarters of a million Australian women will experience and report violence in the period of 2021-22.
“With women comprising 56% of the retail trade workforce, domestic violence leave will be a particularly important and valuable entitlement to our members.”
“While we understand that the provision of domestic violence leave is only a small part of the solution, formal support from the business sector as demonstrated by the NRA is invaluable in both raising family and domestic violence to national prominence and supporting those affected by it.”
“I thank NRA CEO Dominique Lamb for her support and action on this vitally important issue for Australian women” Mr Dwyer said.
The SDA looks forward to working closely with the NRA to deliver a family and domestic violence leave entitlement for retail employees across Australia.
Media contact: Darren Rodrigo 0414783405
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