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Union men stand by their women

Friday, 18th October, 2013

Some of the toughest union workers in Australia have joined a growing campaign to stop violence against women.

CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan says the union wants to play a role in addressing what is a major community issue and he launched its campaign at the union’s conference this week.

“There are far-reaching effects of family violence on women, children and families,” he said.

“As a union with a large percentage of male members, we are in a unique position to communicate with men and we feel that we have a responsibility to stand up and speak out on this issue.”

The local branch of the CFMEU yesterday got behind the campaign.

“Violence against women is not on as far as I am concerned,” said local CFMEU Vice-President Greg Braes, who is part of the mining and energy division of the union.

“I fully support what Dave Noonan is saying and I’m sure our blokes in the mining and energy division would fully support the campaign, too.”

The CFMEU campaign includes running ads that say “Real men don’t abuse women”.

The move comes after Victoria Police chief Ken Lay called on high-profile men and groups to speak out against domestic violence.

In July, Victoria Premier Denis Napthine, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and AFL chief Andrew Demetriou joined the push to end family violence.

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