8 March 2024

Celebrating Women of CFMEU Manufacturing Division on International Women's Day

As International Women's Day rolls around this 2024, it's a moment of pride and reflection on remarkable contributions from its women members, delegates, and organisers of the Manufacturing Division union.

This year, the focus is not only on celebrating these achievements but also on recognizing the ongoing journey towards gender equality within the sector.

Historically, Manufacturing Division membership consists of a large number of women, a majority of whom are from diverse backgrounds with minimal English proficiency. This lack of communication skills makes them very vulnerable to exploitation from their employers.

Women within the Manufacturing Division have been at the vanguard of change, challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector. Their roles vary widely from on-the-ground operatives to senior leadership positions, embodying the diversity and strength of the union's membership.

Among these trailblazers are women who have not just excelled in their respective roles but have also been pivotal in championing workers' rights, safety standards, and equitable policies. Their leadership and advocacy have paved the way for more inclusive workplaces that respect and value the contributions of all workers, regardless of gender.

The Manufacturing Division has made significant strides in promoting diversity and inclusion within its ranks. Initiatives aimed at increasing female membership, providing leadership training, and ensuring women's voices are heard at all levels of decision-making underscore the union's commitment to gender equality.

International Women's Day 2024 serves as a platform to celebrate the achievements of women in the Manufacturing Division while also acknowledging the work that lies ahead. The day is marked by events and discussions focusing on how to overcome existing challenges and set new goals for advancing gender equality within the union and the broader industry.

The celebration of International Women's Day is also a call to action for all members of the Manufacturing Division. It's a reminder of the importance of solidarity, the value of diverse perspectives, and the need for continuous effort toward creating a more equitable and just workplace for everyone.

As the Manufacturing Division looks to the future, the role of women within the union remains central to its vision for growth and social justice. By fostering an environment where women can thrive, the union strengthens its foundation, ensuring it can effectively represent and advocate for all its members in the face of evolving challenges.