The President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour has adopted a new policy aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.
Four years ago the Canadian Labour Congress partnered with the University of Western Ontario to look at domestic violence and how it affects workers.
The research found that one in three workers experienced domestic violence in Canada and that women in these relationships changed jobs more often, had lower wages, and faced a lot more job insecurity. Newfoundland and Labrador was among the highest rates.
Last week, the federation adopted a “domestic violence at work” policy allowing victims of domestic violence to take five days paid-leave to deal with things like legal and child-care issues.
Mary Shortall says it’s an important step in addressing how violence affects the workplace.