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News News Wednesday 21 November – Go home on time Day
Media Release  20 November 2012
Wednesday 21 November –
Go home on time Day
Staff at UnionsWA today waved placards at homeward-bound traffic on the Narrows Bridge to urge West Australians to go home on time.  Go home on time Day is an annual event co-ordinated by The Australia Institute and supported by the ACTU and beyondblue, with the aim of starting a national conversation about work-life balance.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“I’m going home on time tomorrow to spend more time with my husband and children.”
Tim Dymond, UnionsWA Research and Industrial Officer said:
“I’m going to use the time to catalogue my comic collection.”
Madeleine Holme, Campaign Office said:
“I’m going to put my new running shoes to use at the gym then catch up with some mates at the pub.”
UnionsWA Media Officer, Philip O’Donoghue said:
“It’s takeaway and TV for me.”
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“OK there is a serious side to this.
“Each year, Australians work more than 2 billion hours of unpaid overtime, which is the equivalent of a $72 billion ‘gift’ to employers.
“Recent research by The Australia Institute has found that working hours are often unpredictable with around one in five Australians reporting that they have little or no idea what time they will finish work on any particular day.
“Mental Ill-health is a growing problem, made worse by untaken annual leave, insecure and unpredictable work and very long hours of work on average compared with other OECD countries.
“Frankly, we should get a life.”
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au
Key Facts:
• Compared with other OECD countries, Australia has the highest average full-time working hours for employees at 44 hours per week. (Source: Workplace Research Centre at The University of Sydney, October 2008. http://www.workplace.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/7FD73B96-DFDA-42B8-A563-9968EC1E55D3/0/111WanrooyBuchananCampbell.pdf)
• Australian workers have about 129 million days of untaken annual leave (Source: Roy Morgan Research http://info.noleavenolife.com).
• Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $14.81 billion a year with a direct cost to employers of $10.11 billion a year.  3.2 days per worker are lost each year through workplace stress.  (Source: Medibank  http://www.medibank.com.au/client/documents/pdfs/the-cost-of-workplace-stress.pdf)
• Comparing suicide rates from 2001-2005 with 2006-2010, the ABS has found that Australia-wide these have fallen, however rates have increased in WA. 3309.0 - Suicides, Australia, 2010 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/latestProducts/3309.0Media%20Release12010
Find out more about Go Home On Time Day 2012 at http://www.gohomeontimeday.org.au, and download and print a poster for your workplace.

Staff at UnionsWA today waved placards at homeward-bound traffic on the Narrows Bridge to urge West Australians to go home on time.  Go home on time Day is an annual event co-ordinated by The Australia Institute and supported by the ACTU and beyondblue, with the aim of starting a national conversation about work-life balance.


 

Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:“I’m going home on time tomorrow to spend more time with my husband and children."

”Tim Dymond, UnionsWA Research and Industrial Officer said:“I’m going to use the time to catalogue my comic collection."

Madeleine Holme, Campaign Office said:“I’m going to put my new running shoes to use at the gym then catch up with some mates at the pub.

”UnionsWA Media Officer, Philip O’Donoghue said:“It’s takeaway and TV for me.” 

 

Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:

“OK there is a serious side to this.  “Each year, Australians work more than 2 billion hours of unpaid overtime, which is the equivalent of a $72 billion ‘gift’ to employers.“Recent research by The Australia Institute has found that working hours are often unpredictable with around one in five Australians reporting that they have little or no idea what time they will finish work on any particular day.

“Mental Ill-health is a growing problem, made worse by untaken annual leave, insecure and unpredictable work and very long hours of work on average compared with other OECD countries.“Frankly, we should get a life.”

 


Key Facts:


• Compared with other OECD countries, Australia has the highest average full-time working hours for employees at 44 hours per week. (Source: Workplace Research Centre at The University of Sydney, October 2008. http://www.workplace.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/7FD73B96-DFDA-42B8-A563-9968EC1E55D3/0/111WanrooyBuchananCampbell.pdf)  


• Australian workers have about 129 million days of untaken annual leave (Source: Roy Morgan Research http://info.noleavenolife.com).


• Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $14.81 billion a year with a direct cost to employers of $10.11 billion a year.  3.2 days per worker are lost each year through workplace stress.  (Source: Medibank  http://www.medibank.com.au/client/documents/pdfs/the-cost-of-workplace-stress.pdf)


• Comparing suicide rates from 2001-2005 with 2006-2010, the ABS has found that Australia-wide these have fallen, however rates have increased in WA. 3309.0 - Suicides, Australia, 2010 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/latestProducts/3309.0Media%20Release12010


Find out more about Go Home On Time Day 2012 at http://www.gohomeontimeday.org.au, and download and print a poster for your workplace.

pdf An Unhealthy Obsession? Australia Institute Report 716.82 Kb 

 

 
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