Kath Williams: The Unions and the Fight for Equal Pay

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Appendix 2
The Victorian Working Women’s Centre

The Working Women’s Centre was established in Melbourne (1976) to meet the vital needs of women in the workforce, needs sadly neglected by the trade union movement of the time. The Centre came under the auspices of the ACSPA while Sylvie Shaw and Mary Owens, co-ordinators of the Centre, endeavoured to provide support and information where necessary and within a year had drawn up the Working Women’s Centre Charter.


WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE CHARTER1
We believe that stronger unionisation of women workers will
increase the effectiveness of the national trade union movement
and will ensure that women workers and the community both
recognise the importance of trade union organisation for women.
We wish to ensure that women workers have:
Equal access to trade union training.
Special union training courses which will concentrate on
overcoming the diffidence to which women have been
conditioned.
Inclusion of women’s problems in the general education
programme of trade unions.
Equal access to higher office in trade unions.

We seek to encourage women to participate more in trade
unions and to encourage unions to take positive action to make
this possible.

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