HALIFAX – Unifor is urging all members of the Nova Scotia legislature to pass an NDP private member’s bill that will ensure paid leave for victims of domestic violence.
“Unifor has made protected leave for victims of domestic violence a priority at many collective bargaining tables and in our political activism work across the country,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “We are pleased the NDP has tabled this important bill and we strongly encourage the other parties understand that job protection and paid leave will remove a major barrier for women escaping domestic and intimate partner violence.”
According to a study done by Western University researchers, 80% of Domestic Violence victims report that their work performance was negatively affected. Absenteeism and poor work performance can leave victims vulnerable to discipline and even job loss.