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PSI affiliate in Australia, Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU), launched, for the eighth year in a row, a survey on “What Women Want” asking women to give a detailed picture of their working lives. This is Australia’s largest survey on working women, with over 11 200 women participating.
In this survey, women give their views on a range of issues that affect their working lives including caring responsibilities, working hours and over time, flexible working arrangements, capacity to influence their work, availability of training and career development, their influence on career decisions, bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination, occupational health and safety, travel to and from work and superannuation. In 2013, for the first time, women were asked about absenteeism and job security. The key findings were on the impact of budget cuts, regional communities, job security, working hours, workplace flexibility, work related illnesses and presenteeism. Results from previous surveys have been used to achieve significant improvements to women’s working lives, for example winning superannuation payments on periods of unpaid parental leave.
The survey is available on the CPSU website here.