We did it! A Major Victory for Work-Life Balance
News just in! ASU members have just won the Right to Disconnect for all workers!
This is a life-changing win for work-life balance in Australia! The Senate has just passed legislation enshrining the Right to Disconnect. This is a monumental step towards a healthier, more balanced life for all workers, especially in our fight against unpaid overtime, after-hours contact, and excessive workloads.
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Thanks to the work of ASU members, Australian workers now have the right to:
- Set clear boundaries around working times.
- Put an end to unpaid overtime.
- Refuse work-related contact outside working hours without negative consequences.
- Be safeguarded from the pressure to be constantly connected or available.
This win is thanks to our united voices, we've made it clear: workers in Australia deserve the time to rest, to enjoy hobbies, to be with family and friends – without constant interruptions and added stress.
Remember the statistics? 70% of Australians working outside scheduled hours, 64% being contacted during leave, and an average of 4.6 hours of unpaid overtime each week. These figures underscored the need for change. And we made it happen!
Our campaign mirrored successful movements in countries like France, Spain, and Ireland, drawing inspiration to create a fair and balanced work environment right here in Australia.
A huge 78% of workers supported this legislation, showing a strong, unified desire for change. Your support, stories, and actions have been central to this win.
So, what's next? As this new legislation takes effect, we'll be here to guide and support you through its implementation. Expect further information on how these changes will directly benefit you in your workplace.
Today, we celebrate a significant milestone in our journey towards fairer work conditions. Your commitment and participation have been crucial in this victory. Let's continue to stand together for a better work-life balance for all workers.
Thank you for your unwavering support and for being a part of this historical moment. Here's to achieving more together!