Westpac puts 20 days' paid domestic violence leave on the table

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Westpac puts 20 days' paid domestic violence leave on the table

Westpac employees could soon be entitled to 20 days' paid domestic violence leave under a new enterprise agreement being negotiated with the Finance Sector Union.

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Westpac is considering 20 days' paid domestic violence leave in a proposed new enterprise agreement negotiated with the Finance Sector Union.

During August and September, the FSU provided feedback on Westpac’s initial proposal. Thousands of union members participated in a “We Deserve Better” campaign in a bid to encourage Westpac to improve the workplace. 

According to the FSU, the campaign resulted in an improved offer from Westpac on several issues, including pay.

The proposed new enterprise agreement will include 20 days' paid leave for staff experiencing family and domestic violence. This is four times the unpaid five days required by legislation. 

Other proposed conditions include a casual conversion clause, an increase in compassionate leave from two to three days per occasion and an increase in paid parental leave for support carers from two to three weeks.

Westpac has also lifted its proposed Tier 1 Pay increase from a 3% increase to a 3.25% increase by 2021. It has proposed to increase Tier 2 Pay by 2.25% rather than the 2% it originally proposed. However, Westpac proposed no changes to its original plan for Tier 3 pay, despite pressure from the FSU. 

 
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