Last week the Andrews Labor Government announced that Victoria would ensure that public sector employees are entitled to family violence leave. The Union welcomes this announcement and is encouraged by this step in the right direction to ensure people experiencing family violence can access support when they need it.
The Union is also encouraged that by providing family violence leave, our members will know they are supported at work and will be able to attend to important matters without the stress of worrying about their job. And it ensures people experiencing family leave are able to maintain their financial independence.
As the news coming out of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence continues to stun the state, this is a great piece of news that will make a real difference to supporting people experiencing family violence.
And just as importantly, this will also help the Union in making claims to include Family Violence Leave in agreements for members working in the private sector.