In September our Union held a follow-up workshop with union members and non-members around Australia to discuss next steps for the ‘Nowhere to Go’ campaign.
The Nowhere to Go campaign is about ensuring workplace amenities are accessible, regularly cleaned and serviced, hygienic and suitable for women and men. Sadly, this is often not the case.
In historically male-dominated occupations such as trades, women’s amenities are frequently treated as an inconvenience, an afterthought or not provided at all. When they do exist they are often not clean or hygienic, are far away from the work site or in an unsafe location.
The workshop was attended by shadow minister for Sydney Tanya Plibersek and included helpful information about how to approach politicians to start the process of legislative change. The workshop also established state groups who discussed who their political target would be and when they would approach them.
Our ask to state politicians is broadly:
‘We want health and safety laws in this country to mandate minimum standards for workplace amenities to ensure they are regularly serviced, accessible, suitable, and open – for every worker.
ETU members will meet with their state politicians, supported by an official, asking for a commitment to change.
How can you get involved?
- Sign the petition
- Join the Facebook group to get to most up-to-date info about this campaign
- Member of another union? Ask them to get involved and support the campaign.
- Share the report with your workplace.
- Share a pic of your gross toilet at work on twitter, with the hashtag #nowheretogo and tag @etu_national
We’ll keep you updated on the campaign, but please also keep an eye out for details on a National Day of Action on 19 November.
We need the support of ALL members to make change in this area.