Paid Superannuation during Maternity Leave Claim presented in time for International Women’s Day

This week, Your Union Agreement bargaining team presented an important claim item to government to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Your Union is seeking for the McGowan Government to introduce Paid Superannuation during unpaid Maternity Leave, an evidence driven claim to close the gender pay gap in retirement.

Rikki Hendon, CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary says this is one tangible way Government can help improve gender equality.

“This is progressive, inspired and long term thinking that will change the way the next generation of women retire.

“WA has the highest gender pay gap in Australia. Making this improvement in Your Union Agreement is a tangible way the McGowan Government can prove to working women it is serious about gender equality.

“We know the vast majority of family care is done by women, who often leave the workforce for years to raise children and then only return part-time, during which time they receive no superannuation. 

“This means when women retire, it’s with around 40% less than the superannuation of men.

“The implications of this are dire, with 34 per cent of single women in Australia living in poverty by the time they are 60 years old.

“Paid superannuation on unpaid parental leave may seem radical to some, but it is actually not a new concept.

“It has been part of employment conditions in the financial sector for a number of years now, with banks such as CBA, NAB, Bankwest and ME Bank being among those to provide this entitlement to their staff.

“Paying Superannuation on unpaid maternity leave now means women will be less likely to need assistance from state and federal government departments to survive in future. 

“It’s a short term investment to deliver long term social and fiscal benefits. Most importantly, it will help ensure dignity in retirement for women who worked hard and raised families,” she said.

Paid Superannuation during Maternity Leave is an evidence driven claim to create gender equality in retirement.

With the WA public sector currently sitting at 56% women and 24% under 34yrs, this inclusion would change the future of a generation.

On International Women’s Day we urge the McGowan government to make a real difference to working women and include Paid Superannuation during Maternity Leave in Your Union Agreement.

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