We Won’t Wait – A campaign for Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave

The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) strives for the elimination of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) from our homes, our families and our communities.

Need some social media inspiration? Here’s an example of a great post supporting the campaign.

Family and domestic violence is a national crisis.

We know the tragic numbers: on average a woman is killed each week by a partner, ex-partner or family member in Australia.

Queensland Unions, along with the ACTU, is renewing calls for a minimum of ten days of paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be included in national workplace laws to help women escape violent situations.

The Federal Government must act to give every worker access to paid family and domestic violence leave.

Hundreds of thousands report facing violence at home – figures that have surged during the pandemic, as many women were trapped further into abusive relationships. The true picture is likely to be even worse.

It’s an unacceptable situation that requires urgent action.

Please use any of the resources to coordinate your own activities in your workplaces. Below are suggestions. You can find all resources here for downloading: https://www.australianunions.org.au/campaign/we-wont-wait/

Activities for Union Delegates

  1. Union Delegates can hold meetings using this PaidFDVL Action Card as a guide, and then talk about the general activities for members (below).
  2. Ask employers to sign the online public support form which you can find here –  https://www.australianunions.org.au/campaign/we-wont-wait/
  3. Ask members to take selfies post on their Facebook pages with the hashtag #wewontwait and/or send also through to unions for their social media pages.

General Activities For Members

  1. Please sign the ACTU We Won’t Wait Petition: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/we-won-t-wait-because-women-can-t-wait
  2. A video outlining the Paid Domestic Violence Leave campaign and why it’s so important – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo9uYUevBh4. Here is another video resource that might be useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r78setysHko
  3. Download and print out the files linked below to use in posts on Facebook pages with the #wewontwait and send through to their union for use in social media.
    1. We Won’t Wait – Write your Own Selfie Sign
    2. We Won’t Wait Selfie Sign
  4. Posters for your workplace.
    1.  We Won’t Wait Poster – Version 1
    2. We Won’t Wait Poster – Version 2

Resources to deal with Domestic and Family Violence in the workplace