As part of our recommendation to engage with women in the industry and to continue breaking down barriers, the CFMEU VIC supports research such as the ‘Women in Construction: Exploring the Barriers and Supportive Enablers of Wellbeing in the Workplace’ report released by RMIT University.
The CFMEU VIC recognise ongoing improvements must be made to drive change and inclusivity and we continue to lead, meeting with building industry committees, heads of associations and government industrial relations experts to increase female representation in construction and maintain safe, respectful, and supportive workplaces.
Our commitment to championing and supporting women in our industry is evident in our most recent EBA, which includes:
· New industry modernisation clause which requires Employers to ensure women Employees are treated with respect and without discrimination, harassment, or bullying.
· Inductions and ongoing training and education on gendered violence
· Increases on parental and partner leave
· Flexible work arrangements (Trials with builders for shift sharing to help families)
· Further amenities and protection for our female members
In addition to our EBA, we have also focused on recruiting and training more women in delegate roles and ask for ongoing feedback from officials on worksites to continue to drive change at all levels.