Train employees gain raft of protections against domestic and family violence
Sydney Trains employees are set to benefit from new domestic violence support measures negotiated by rail unions, including paid leave.
Unions NSW Gender Equity Officer Karen Willis told Deborah Knight the new industrial clause enshrines employees’ right to take up to 10 days of leave to secure their safety, and provides optional checks of electronic devices for tracking and surveillance software.
Deborah questioned how effective the measures would be, when such leave could act as a ‘black mark’ against employees in the future.
“What we have seen is a very low uptake of the paid leave,” Ms Willis said.
“What you’re talking about there is workplace culture and attitudes … we’re talking about a whole range of training options within the workplace.”
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