International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognising the existence of a range of barriers to women achieving equality and economic security.
The CFMEU recognises that women have made gains in realising some basic rights, but that inequalities persist and continue to disadvantage women. This is evidenced by the fact that women, on average earn $1 million less than men over a lifetime.
The National President of the CFMEU’s Forestry and Furnishing Products Division, Jane Calvert, said collapsing the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and its legislation would be a backward step for jobs.
Ms Calvert was speaking following the Prime Minister’s comments last night at an industry function.
Mr Abbott told the industry gathering Australia had enough national parks and the Government would 'unlock the forests' to build industry and jobs.
Abolition of the Australian Jobs Act would see major projects across the country employing fewer Australians.
Concerns that the Government plans to abolish Australian Industry Participation Plans by repealing the Jobs Act have been heightened by the Government’s call for a review of the Act.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said repealing the Jobs Act would mean fewer opportunities for Australian companies – and therefore fewer Australian jobs - on major transport, energy and other projects.