February 28, 2019

The ACTU and 100 other organisations have made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into sexual harassment.

The submission principally calls for urgent reforms to end sexual harassment in the workplace and for people to have swifter access for complaints to be heard in the Fair Work Commission.

Sexual harassment must be treated as an industrial issue with the onus on employers to prevent it.

Branch Secretary John Berger formed a Women in Transport Committee last year to amplify women’s voices within the transport industry and to help increase respect, job security and promotion of women.

It also has the issue of sexual harassment firmly on the agenda after a 2018 Human Rights Commission survey found 47% of women in transport had been sexually harassed.

This staggering figure alone should compel business to take action to force culture, behaviour and attitude change.


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