Sep 2018 | Unions push to close gender pay disparity

Date: 10 Sep 2018

Source: SBS

Unions are stepping up the fight to close the gender pay gap, pushing for major changes to parental leave and workplace bargaining for women.

An Australian Council of Trade Unions-commissioned report has recommended abolishing primary and secondary carer definitions and giving families 26 weeks' parental leave to use how they please.

The research found women are paid 14.6 per cent less than men and retire with 43 per cent less superannuation.

Sydney early childhood educator Gwen Alcock says some of her colleagues are ending the week with $20 in their pocket, with 96 per cent of the profession female.