Carework Webinar Series

Care Work, COVID and Gender Inequality

1 September 2020

  • 9.30am Central European Time (CEST)
  • 5.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • 7.30pm New Zealand Standard Time (NZST)

This webinar brought together trade union leaders from international, Australian and New Zealand trade unions to reflect on the challenges for care workers arising from the current crisis and to share knowledge and start a conversation about how we achieve change for justice and equity for paid care workers in the wake of  the COVID-19 pandemic.

The panel and discussion with:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation;
  • Kirsty McCully, Director, E tū, New Zealand
  • Natalie Lang, Branch Secretary, NSW & ACT (services), Australian Services Union, Australia


The New Zealand Work Research Institute (AUT, Auckland), and the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (RMIT, Melbourne), for the Global Carework Network COVID response.

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About the presenters

Sharan Burrow
General Secretary, International Trade Union confederation

Sharan Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.

Kirsty McCully
Director, E tū union, New Zealand

E tū is New Zealand’s largest private sector union with members in the Aged Care, Home Support, Disability Support, Health and Community sectors as well as Aviation, Food & Manufacturing, Communications, and Engineering & Extractives. Kirsty has also worked in the union movement both in Australia as the National Campaigns Manager for United Voice, and globally as the Director of the UNICARE sector for UNI Global Union based in Switzerland.

Natalie LangNatalie Lang
Branch Secretary, Australian Services Union NSW & ACT (Services) Branch

The ASU is a growing activist union that has a proud history of successful workplace, industry, and community campaigning. Natalie has worked with members in the Water, Transport, Airlines, IT, Private Sector and Social, Community, and Disability services industries for over 14 years, including organising workers in the ASU’s historic equal pay campaign for social, community and disability workers. During the COVID-19 global health pandemic Natalie’s union has focussed on ensuring safe work and continuity of service in the community and disability sector and has grown the union’s membership by over 11%.