IWD highlights the challenges for working women

Wednesday 8th March, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017 recognises the crucial role nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing (AIN) play in delivering quality care to the community and also highlights how many women are still suffering pay disparity.

ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said working women are increasingly financially disadvantaged throughout their working lives, particularly given the renewed attacks on their industrial conditions and entitlements:

Ms Thomas said the inequities women face include:

  • The ever-widening gap in pay and superannuation between men and women;
  • Cuts to weekend penalty rates;
  • Cuts to paid parental leave (PPL).

“With women comprising more than 92 per cent of the nursing and midwifery workforce, IWD is a great time to recognise and celebrate the valuable work our members perform across the health and aged care systems,” Ms Thomas said.

“But it’s also important that we use IWD to focus on the many economic inequities working women are currently facing, whether it be the gender pay gap, the loss of earnings through pregnancy, cuts to their PPL or the reduced superannuation earned for their retirement. It means our members are significantly economically disadvantaged throughout the course of their working lives.

“This year’s IWD theme – Be Bold for Change – is a stark reminder that women in the workforce need significant change in their working lives to ensure protection of their rights.

“The ANMF is committed to continuing the fight.”

The ANMF, with almost 250,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390.