Aug 2018 | Paid violence leave must be a right: ACTU

Date: 2 Aug 2018

Source: SBS

New Zealand's law change to give domestic violence survivors additional paid leave makes Australia look like it's living in the past, unions believe.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions wants Australia to follow suit and bring in a 10-days paid domestic violence leave scheme.

New Zealand introduced the leave last week, becoming the second country in the world to do so.

"No one should be forced to choose between their income and their safety," ACTU president Michele O'Neil said.

She says it should be a right for all workers.

"If you're escaping family and domestic violence you need financial stability and independence while you go to the police, seek support from doctors and lawyers, move house and find new schools for your kids," she said.