The state of female worker’s rights on International Women’s Day 2012

International Women’s Day is a time for women to acknowledge and celebrate our achievements. Just over the past few years we have won Paid Parental Leave, the landmark SACs equal pay case, reform of Equal Opportunity legislation and the introduction of the Fair Work Act which provides such rights as protection from discrimination on grounds of family and caring responsibilities and the right to request flexible work arrangements for carers.

But better pay, paid parental leave and equal opportunity laws cannot alone reverse the deep-rooted inequity that women continue to face at work.

To update us on where we are in the fight for women’s right in the workplace, Catherine Zengerer spoke with  President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Ged Kearney. She started by asking why there is still an 18 percent pay gap between men and women in Australia in 2012.

[audio https://czengerer.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/ged-kearney-whole.mp3]

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This story first appeared on Your Rights at Night

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