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The Anna Stewart Program empowers women in the union movement
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Ladies, what could you do with $1m...?

This figure is up to how much you’re losing in wages during a lifetime compared to your male counterparts.

Ours is the sector suffering from the worst gender pay discrimination. The pay gap in our industry is an astounding 32.7%. The irony here of course being that ours is the most profitable sector in the country.

In April 1983, Anna Stewart, a long time campaigner for women’s rights, and prominent union official, died tragically. The Anna Stewart Memorial Project was established as an annual work experience program aimed at increasing women’s active union involvement and to increase the union movement’s acceptance and understanding of women members.

Attendees of the 2013 Anna Stewart Program . FSU member Carmen Cooper, 2nd from right

The time could not be more fitting, in the same month as Equal Pay Day, that the FSU had a representative at the Anna Stewart program. Carmen Cooper reported back on her experience:

“The Anna Stewart Memorial Program for 2013 ran for ten days this year commencing on the 5th August and it was an incredible experience to be part of.

The program is about engaging women to play a powerful force in the union movement and it teaches women that it is possible to do it all.

We had several guest speakers from unions and politics, visited the female factory in Cascades, a protest for the rights of school cleaners and met with the anti-discrimination commissioner.

I was able to see how we can make a difference in the workplace and also that a powerful woman can influence change: we can move beyond our own expectations and do it all (work, family, carer’s responsibilities etc).

It is a great program and teaches women how important union movements are, gives you the opportunity to network with other unions and provides a great insight into the past as well as the future”

If you are a woman in the union movement and would like to participate or find out more about the program, please contact your union.

Contact Details
FSU Members Rights Centre
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised By: Darren Martin, Local Executive Secretary Vic/Tas
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