IEU members are outraged by the Abbott Government’s attack on the rights of women to access the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme.
Members, their families and their students will be affected by this proposal now and into the future.
The Abbott Government announced in May it would stop workers accessing the PPL scheme from supplementing any existing employer entitlements they may have beyond the maximum 18 weeks leave paid at the minimum wage. Many IEU members could stand to lose up to $11,824.
McCarthy Catholic College Emu Plains Maths and Science Teacher Elizabeth Heggart has just given birth to baby Sophia.
She is entitled to 14 weeks paid leave from her employer plus 18 weeks from the PPL scheme. Using some long service leave, she plans to take off a full year.
“Without the PPL I would have had to return to work after six months, which is not good,” Elizabeth said.
“Being able to spend a whole year with Sophia watching her growing and learning in the first year of life is important.
“It’s disgusting that the Abbott Government is making a bid to get rid of that entitlement and making mothers out to be fraudsters. It’s all about allowing more women time at home with their babies.
“On the one hand the Government says it wants to support families, and on the other its takes time away from mothers.”