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: [email protected] or phone: (03) 9659 3511 and we will try our best to accommodate


March 05, 2019 at 9:00am - 4pm


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


Marisa Wikramanayake Audrey Statham Lisa Alcock Jacqui Scott Putri Nazeri Jenny James Kelly Hanmer Sharon Shumba Reena Mittal Kate Aitken Kresta Lokumarambage Tamara Boreland Carly Johnston Zeynep Yesilyurt Jiselle Hanna Penelope Robinson Beatrice Collins Rosemaree van Dorssen Eleanor Snowdon Mandy Coulson Shania Prevolsek Mina Destefano Tuvale Mulinuu sima kumar Laura Stevens Liza Lee Natalija Bogunovic Louise Pauly Maria Butera Rachelle Kennedy Branka Lozo Jovana Gli Grace McCann Madison Tyrell Carla Rivera Lisa Zanatta Demi L Skye Allan Lindsay Jones Carita Kazakoff Hannah Lewis Kellie Grayson Kath Larkin Hannah Scott Carol Ransley Lily Ames Jen Currie Brenda Easton

Will you come?

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