WA business community backs creating safer workplaces for women

CCIWA President, Nicolle Jenkins

CCIWA CEO, Chris Rodwell

CCIWA’s President and CEO welcome the release of the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee’s report on sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry.

CCIWA continues to urge businesses of all sizes and sectors to work with their people and stakeholders to strengthen commitments to professional behaviour and diversity and inclusion.

CCIWA has zero tolerance for harassment in the workplace. On a daily basis CCIWA supports WA businesses to foster safe, diverse and inclusive workplace cultures, to stand against misconduct and to deal with it properly when it occurs.

We note a significant challenge for businesses in dealing with sexual harassment is how complex it is to take disciplinary measures against perpetrators under workplace relations laws. CCIWA urges the government to reform the unfair dismissal laws as a matter of priority, to strengthen the ability for employers to dismiss those who harass and bully others.

This is a whole of society problem, and businesses stand ready alongside workers, unions, government and the community to tackle it. CCIWA will work closely with the WA business community to consider the Committee’s recommendations and provide a response to Government.

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