Delegates at the ACTU's National Women's Conference in Adelaide this week condemned the Federal Coalition Government for its lack of action in implementing the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's report on discrimination against pregnant women. Delegates heard directly from women who had been victimised because of pregnancy. Petrice told how she had been working as a casual sales assistant for 18 months when she was removed from the roster after her manager learnt that she was pregnant. Joanne, a security guard, was sacked when she requested maternity leave to have her second child. She had been working for 17 years as a casual. She was only reinstated and given three months' maternity leave when her union intervened. "Women workers need laws that protect against this type of discrimination and support them in their role as mothers", said ACTU Vice-President Helen Creed. Ms Creed said it was shameful that the Government had not moved on the recommendations of Pregnant and Productive, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's report into pregnancy at work, which the Government had received 12 months ago. It recommends legislative changes including: * giving casual workers with 12 months service access to maternity leave; * outlawing discrimination against breast-feeding mothers; * legislating against recruitment practices that discriminate against pregnant women; * developing an enforcable Code of Practice on pregnancy at work; * giving victims of pregnancy discrimination access to punitive damages. The stories are also a grim reminder of the prevalence of "casual" work, particularly amongst women workers, and the need to take action to ensure ongoing jobs (part-time or full-time) are treated as such with full entitlements. The Adelaide conference is part of the international Global March against Poverty and Violence towards women which will culminate in a presentation of demands from women around the world to the ILO in October 2000.