With the help of an international trade union federation, a woman working in a meat processing plant in Australia can now be recognised for the first time.
The ACTU has joined forces with the International Meat Workers Organisation (IMWO) to give women in the meat processing industry the right to vote for their union representative.
It’s a move that could make it easier for women in Australia to become union members and represent themselves in trade unions.
But what about the union representing women in meat processing, who may be in a position to make important decisions for their industry?
Melissa McQuaid is the ACTU’s secretary general.
She said the organisation was proud to be working with IMWO to develop an inclusive approach for women workers.
“We believe that women in industry should have equal opportunities and that their voices should be heard and respected in the workplace.”
In recent years we’ve seen that this has not always been the case.
“A number of high profile workplace incidents and workplace violence has seen women workers in industries that rely heavily on the meat industry, such as the dairy, beef, chicken, pork and dairy industries, suffer.”
These are serious issues that we must address, and we believe that by ensuring women in these industries have the right tools and tools to make their voices heard, we can all work towards a more just and equitable society for women.
“The ACTWU is currently seeking to organise the meat and poultry processing industry in Australia.
In recent months, the union has been fighting for the right for women to vote in their unions and in Parliament, with the backing of a number of political parties, including the Labor Party, the Greens and the Liberal Party.
The union is also working to promote a new model of industrial relations in Australia that would allow women to be represented in their workplaces in a more equal and representative way.
It is also supporting the establishment of an Indigenous and First Nations Women’s Union.
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,human-interest,workers,union,australiaFirst posted November 15, 2019 08:31:54More stories from New South Wales