Bulletin No: 22 Volume: 23 Wednesday 15 February 2017
To: All UFU MEMBERS
DIVERSITY WITHIN THE FIRE SERVICE
As members are aware, the UFU and its membership has always been proactive in pursuing initiatives to enhance diversity within the workforce.
This can be evidenced by the UFU being the catalyst for and a foundation partner with the MFB for the first ever diversity conference in the fire services that was attended by national and international guests.
There has been many other initiatives that has been developed by the UFU and its members such as a ground-breaking program of a proposed traineeship and mentoring for socio-economically disadvantaged youth.
In continuing with this commitment Victorian Trades Hall Council have organised the following for affiliate unions to coincide with international women’s day (8th of March).
A UFU delegate’s telephone conference will be scheduled to discuss the following.
Programs to coincide for International Women’s Day
Victorian Trades Hall Council’s ‘Union Women’ is hosting the Women’s Rights at Work Festival as a week-long celebration to coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March).
The WRAW Festival will be showcasing the advances that women and unions have made in realising their human rights at work.
It will be celebrating the collective achievement of women workers and unions and provide stimulus for further advancements in the area of women’s rights and safety at work.
The festival will run from the 1st to the 9th of March with numerous events including feminist book clubs, a Stop Gendered Violence at Work Conference, a beer brewing workshop, feminism in the pub and much more. The festival will end with the International Women’s day rally and after party.
In the near future, the UFU will also be disseminating the state government initiatives regarding the outcomes of the royal commission into domestic violence. It is frightening to be confronted with the fact that more than one person is killed each week as a result of domestic violence. In fact, the ABS data shows that between 80 and 100 Australian women die at the hands of their partners every year.
If members are interested in attending, please contact Charlie on 0419-127-045
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary