CPSU members help achieve an important step forward

In a significant milestone in our campaign for safer workplaces, today the Prime Minister announced that the government would be adopting “wholly, in part, or in principle” all 55 recommendations of the Respect@Work Report released over a year ago by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace.

This is a significant step forward and the action of CPSU members has helped achieve this outcome. Thank you for your support to help achieve this change.

We called for action

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, CPSU members took to social media to call on the Morrison Government to adopt all 55 recommendations. The CPSU took the call to action up to Parliament House, urging the government to act without delay.

Now, as a result of working together, we are finally seeing a much-needed commitment to progress. While the announcement is welcome, what we need to see now is concrete action. We need much more detail about what they are planning to do and how.

What needs to change?

The report found that much more work needed to be done, including:

  • Stronger work health and safety laws to make sure that employers are obliged to tackle the underlying causes of sexual harassment at work.
  • Better access to justice for workers through a quick, easy new complaint process in our workplace laws.
  • Stronger powers for the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to investigate industries that are rife with sexual harassment.
  • Stronger powers for the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to impose positive duties on employers to eliminate discrimination, sexual harassment, and victimisation as far as possible.

The decision to adopt the recommendations of the Respect@Work Report means that these problems can start to be addressed. See the Government's Roadmap for Respect here.

There is still so much to do

The events of recent times have been distressing for so many. We know sexual harassment is pervasive across all industries.

Some CPSU members have come forward expressing concerns around policies and processes governing employee wellbeing and respectful behaviours in the workplace, specifically referencing sexual harassment.

As your union, we want to better ensure all our members have safe and respectful workplaces. To achieve that, we want to hear from you about your experience of relevant policies, procedures, including actions to minimise risk, training, and complaint handling processes for sexual harassment in your workplace.

Please take 10 minutes to complete our Safe and Respectful Workplaces Survey today.

This survey will allow us to develop an informed position on how your employer can better prevent and respond to concerns about sexual harassment. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your responses will remain confidential.

If you need advice or support in the workplace and you are a CPSU member we encourage you to call the Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636 for confidential industrial advice. If you require other support we encourage you to contact 1800RESPECT or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Complete the survey and share it with your colleagues. Together we can work towards a safer workplace for everyone.