Union Women's Conference 2019


Women have an essential and crucial role in our economy and society in both paid and unpaid work. 

A recent ACTU survey tells us that 85% of workers have or have had significant caring and parenting responsibilities for children and family members, BUT our workplace laws and workplace culture don’t allow them to juggle the demands of work and life.

We know that this work-life collision largely affects women. Women bear the majority of the load in parenting/caring, meaning women face disproportionate levels of job insecurity, casualisation when they take the time to care. The system is rigged against working women.

Is it time for women to strike?

At this one-day conference participants will workshop with union, legal and campaign experts on whether an union women’s strike is achievable, what it would look like and how we can make it happen.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Michelle O'Neil, new ACTU President.

Participants will also build organising, and campaign skills to make change within their own workplace, organisations and communities. Attendees that will benefit include union officials and delegates, union members including student members, Health and Safety Representatives, community activists and advocates. We welcome women, gender diverse and non-binary folks, from all industries and backgrounds, including those unemployed and/or living with a disability.

Contact your union to register. If you’re not in a union, and would like to attend, register through this page.

The content of this day qualifies for the purposes of trade union training leave. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

* The CFMEU Building is wheelchair accessible. However, if you have additional needs, please contact us via email: women@vthc.org.au or phone: (03) 9659 3511 and we will try our best to accommodate


March 05, 2019 at 9am - 4pm


CFMEU building
540 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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VTHC Women's team · · (03) 9659 3511


Tiffany Lucas Elaine Gillespie Rondah Rietvelt Martel Menz Judy Poole Wendy Quinn Diana Santaera Edwina Preston Julie Quinn Kym Wallace carolyn pearce Kathryn Lewis Helen Stanley Rowena Matcott Kate Wiggins Leslie Adams Kerry Green Annie McLoughlin Edwina Kay Sarah Mckenzie Helena Spyrou Emily Lebetzis Deirdre Naughton Clementine Bastow Helen Razer Pamela Cupit Stephanie Thuesen Samantha Stewart Fiona McCandless Cait Speldewinde Lisa Andrew Kate Marshall Sorina Grasso Michelle Giovas Mary Cleary Lisbeth Latham Amelia Sully Rosie Barron Audrey Stratham Sarah Roberts Sara Brocklesby Sandra Green Tracey White Melanie Speldewinde Barbara Smith Chloe Gaul Susannah Phillips Ellen O'Hchir

Will you come?

$50.00 Women's Conference 2019
$20.00 Women's Conference 2019 - Concession