Navigation Links
Paid Maternity Leave Pushed By Australian Rights Activists

According to Australias human rights chief, women are being "punished" in the workplace for producing the next generation .

The president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, John von Doussa, while reviving a bid for paid maternity leave to be put on the Federal Government's agenda, termed the failure to set up a universal scheme an "unfortunate policy" and plainly wrong.

As of now, pregnant women in Australia are legally entitled to a year's unpaid leave, yet paid maternity leave remains a matter for the employer. Two-thirds of women have no access to paid maternity leave, say official figures.

"Women are getting punished for the simple fact that they, genetically, are those with the function to produce the next generation," Mr. von Doussa was quoted. "Why should they suffer the penalty?"

The remarks come amidst a preparation by up to 60 women's groups to converge in Melbourne next month, in order build thrust on the issue. The groups range from the YWCA to the Women's Electoral Lobby and Country Women's Association.

Mr. von Doussa said the maternity payment, or so-called baby bonus, had proved no substitute for universal maternity leave, as it did not help reserve a place in the workforce for mothers who took time out.

The commission has been pressing for 14 weeks of paid leave capped at the minimum weekly wage.

"The average time women take out is closer to 35 to 40 weeks," Mr. von Doussa said. "Australia remains one of only two OECD countries that lacks a (compulsory) paid maternity leave scheme."

Von Doussa quoted research that showed that mothers frequently resigned when they had babies so they could access accrued entitlements such as long service leave. While changes in last week's federal budget would help offset child-care costs, he said a more comprehensive plan was needed to respond to the challenges of juggling work and home and to secure better f emale participation in the workplace.

"The reality is, particularly with mothers having children later, women who are leaving the workforce to have children are a highly skilled and experienced group," he stressed.

The Federal Opposition recently gave the green signal to plans that give working couples a right to take up to two years' unpaid parental leave one year each. Under the policy, parents of preschool children would also gain a right to ask their employer to provide more flexible working arrangements.

Labor has previously committed to pursuing a mandatory right to paid maternity leave.

Barbara Pocock, the author of "The Labour Market Ate My Babies", says it is "absolutely shocking" that Australia continues to lag on something as basic as paid maternity leave.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that while more women with children have taken on paid work over the past decade, Australian women of childbearing age still had among the lowest workforce participation rates for advanced nations.

"The participation of women is around 10 per cent behind many of our first-world trading partners," Professor Pocock says.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. At Least 25 Women Die Of Maternity Complications In MP Everyday
2. Disgruntled GPs and Midwives Squabble over Maternity Care.
3. Closures of Maternity Units across Grampian Arouses Concern
4. Maternity leave mooted for South African girls
5. Health Officials Approve Plan for New £28m Maternity Hospita
6. Want a Good Night’s Sleep- Maternity Nurses to the Rescu
7. United Kingdom: Maternity Units Exposed! Leaves Much to Be Desired
8. United Kingdom: Maternity Units Exposed! Leaves Much to Be Desired
9. Police Recover Remains of Fetuses from Haryana Maternity Home
10. Cancer-causing Property Of Teflon Leaves US Regulators Concerned
11. Stress Statistics May Leave You Stressed Out
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Safety Week ... construction firms representing the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident and ... to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. Statistics show ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... An accurate diagnosis is ... global health community through expanding activities that embrace training, standards, technology and new ... countries. , In support of this important work, ASCP is co-sponsoring ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... The National Association of ... its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction ... women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. , “I’m ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ProIntro Glitch is a set of 30 self-animating ... titles allow users to add a terrifying opener to any video or media. Choose ... accents. To add greater contrast, all the user has to do is increase the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... Business Journal, patients report dissatisfaction with numerous issues related to medical care in ... with billing, and poor bedside manner from hospital staff. Commenting on this article, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC and ... Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a new ... and medical devices. An agreement between ... to license, develop and commercialize medical innovations advanced ... "This partnership represents a significant advance in our ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Outlook 2020" report to their offering. ... has improved significantly in past years due to which ... years. Many cancer drugs have been developed by utilization ... expected to be developed with its help. They are ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... a major investment from Sino-German High-Tech Fund to further expand product development, strengthen its disease modeling capabilities and increase ... ... ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: