The ACTU is campaigning for changes to the Fair Work Act to include enforceable rights to request flexible work to help employees balance caring responsibilities.
The Fair Work Act is currently being reviewed by the Government, and the ACTU’s Time to Care campaign (which is seeking improved rights to balance work and caring), is at a critical stage.
Our best chance to influence our politicians is RIGHT NOW while the amendment bill is still being considered. We have just ONE WEEK to lobby politicians to support the proposed amendments to the right to request flexible work provisions of the Fair Work Act.
The critical opportunity is to secure the backing of the Independents, particularly, but not ONLY, if you are a member of their electorate. It is also important to lobby the Prime Minister, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for the Status of Women.
If you can spare 5 minutes….
1. URGENT: Use this online email form (http://workinglife.org.au/timetocare/) to make your voice heard. A form email will be sent to the key politicians. Lets flood their inboxes!!
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If you can spare more time…
3. Print this Time to Care Lobbying Kit. Sign the petitions and seek signatures from your family and friends (take it with you to work or to the park this week). Send the petitions with a signed covering letter (fully addressed letter samples are provided in the Time to Care Lobbying Kit). You will need to post them this week (or scan them and send them by email – addresses are provided in the lobbying kit).
While form emails will get the message across, they are easier to dismiss by politicians. Hand signed letters are becoming a rarity and so they grab the attention of readers like never before. Ministerial staffers literally pile them up to see how deeply the community feels about key issues.
Good luck. Fingers crossed!!!
PS – You do not need to be a union member to be involved (although, of course, the ACTU would love you to join your union if you are impressed with this multi-union campaign).