21 August 2017

Forum for ACT women on insecure employment

| Emma Davidson
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Women’s Centre for Health Matters are holding a forum for women in insecure work in the ACT on 31 August 2017 from 12pm til 2pm at the Theo Notaras Centre in the city.

The Women’s Centre wants to hear from women who are:

  • Working casual or on contract
  • Are underemployed – not getting as many hours as they would like
  • Are having difficulty finding permanent or full time work

We want to better understand how this impacts on women’s lives.

Research tells us that many women find it difficult to balance the multiple responsibilities in their lives with the paid work that enables them to pay the bills. That might mean having to balance casual work, often in low paid retail or hospitality industries, with study commitments or carer responsibilities. Or it might mean doing a job they love, such as child care or disability care work, at a rate of pay that means they can’t afford housing. Or being highly qualified, but finding that the only work available in the ACT right now is short term contract work, which adds to their stress.

We have submitted a response to the ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into insecure employment that talks about these issues. But we’d like to hear from ACT women about what they are most concerned about.

If you’re in this situation, please let us know you’d like to come by calling 6290 2166 or email us.

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