While these issues are all technically beyond the reach of what the centres work with directly, and while we are not counsellors, etc., we are aware of our responsibility to examine a woman`s personal support needs and refer her to the appropriate services within our networks. The Centre has contributed significantly to broad debates on work, social and 3 debates on gender and has provided individual support to working women in South Australia. In developing this document and its presentation, we have tried to practice inclusion and respect by starting from what we know about our life experiences, working together to create something better and more meaningful than if we worked alone. Working Women Queensland (WWQ) provides Queensland women with telephone information and practical advice on work-related issues. WWQ provides support with respect to Queensland and federal labour relations and anti-discrimination laws. The information provided on the WWQ website and by telephone does not constitute legal advice. When you call this service, talk to an industry representative about your workplace concerns. This is due to the successive revisions of our services, where we have been under considerable pressure to justify the need for our centers from a feminist and managerial point of view. Workplaces can also proactively support their employees by ensuring that their privacy is respected.
In this way, victims may feel better able to attend to the necessities of sexual and financial violence, such as moving to a safer family environment or attending court hearings and legal/counseling appointments. The service aims to target its telephone counselling service to at-risk workers and can provide information and advice on: In her book Women Working Together, Wendy Weeks defined feminist services as „services provided by and for women who organize their work according to feminist or women-centred principles of practice“ (Weeks, 1994). TEWLS provides free legal advice to high-level women, including legal advice, representation and advocacy. As a member of the National Working Women`s Centres (NWWC) group, WWQ also has a long history of addressing domestic and family violence as a workplace issue. Cooperation over the years with the Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence, the FDV service sector and various trade unions. In these cases, a service to working women may not be able to have influence or control over a positive labour relations outcome, but working within the feminist paradigm of valuing process as much as outcomes ensures that women do not leave our departments with nothing. Indeed, it was considered that one of the important roles of WWC SA was to improve communication between working women and trade unions and to increase the female union population (Murphy, 1996). This is typical of the neo-Iberian approach to financing services such as ours and in the social protection sector. It is important to our centres that we are currently in discussions with the Commonwealth and our respective state and territory governments to better secure our funding arrangements.
„Very understanding and extremely helpful service. No time limit to express my concerns. Listened to every request. Returned my trust. Women employed in Australia are concentrated in a select group of occupations and dominate in service industries such as retail, accommodation, real estate and health services, which are relatively low-paid occupations. Moreover, women in these industries still earn less than men. For example, discussions at Trades Hall at the time of the Centre`s establishment in 1997 confirmed that its purpose was not to „operate as a consultancy service“; Rather, the main function was „to liaise to orient women towards unions and to discuss issues of particular concern to women with union officials“ (Murphy, 1996). Customers keep telling us that they enjoy the process of being part of our service. Many services have been developed on specific issues, and these organizations have worked for change for both women and women as a whole. The centre of women workers has retained its feminist and political „advantage“ and now occupies a prestigious place in the fabric of the industrial landscape. Indeed, the Centre provides a vital link with working women in South Australia, ensuring that state and Commonwealth legislators, bureaucrats and politicians hear their voices.
WWQ clients who request representation in their business are invited to participate in a review to determine if they are eligible to receive a free service. WWQ may also provide services to women for a fee for services under QWWS Inc. Provide leadership in positive workplace practices. WWCs were established as non-profit organizations with a constitution and a board or administrative committee to oversee the operation of the services. TEWLS is able to provide legal assistance in civil, family and migration matters. Click below for more information on the different areas of law TEWLS can help you: Emphasizing the importance of litigation does not diminish the fact that outcomes are also an important part of feminist services. It is important that the information, advice and advocacy of the centres for working women leads to a victory for women. In addition to direct services, the work included public education, policy change, and work for general social change in law and legislation (Kravetz and Jones 1991, 241). Boards of Directors are elected by WWC members and work in accordance with the organization`s vision and values. They are responsible for regulatory compliance and strategic decisions regarding the structure and operation of services to ensure that results are achieved for the delivery of funded services. At the same time, we are aware of the parts of the story that pass through legal loopholes or go beyond the role of our service. `.
community information and education and encouraging women workers to take an active role in unions“ (Murphy, 1996), employers can support their workers by helping them identify what domestic violence might look like in the workplace, providing referral information to support services, and stating that the workplace will support those experiencing domestic violence. “ she said. In our experience, women do not seek support when they feel their job is at risk or when they feel blamed. However, if workplaces are open and supportive, victims may find the process a little easier. The Women`s Rights Unit is headed by women for women. Support is provided by lawyers and social workers during the day and several evenings a week. The unit is interested in all areas of law affecting women, but is very interested in family law and domestic violence issues. The unit is actively involved in community education and legislative reform campaigns aimed at improving the treatment of women through the legal system.