Government must act to prevent exploitation of student workers

The ACT Government must ensure that measures are introduced to prevent the serious and systematic workplace exploitation of local and international students. Both domestic and international students who take on part-time work face serious underpayments in the hospitality, retail and contract cleaning industries. Exploitation can include underpayments, no access to workers’ compensation, non-payment of superannuation, … Continue reading Government must act to prevent exploitation of student workers

Key test of credibility for next Education Minister

The first credibility test for the new Education Minister will be to address the serious and systematic exploitation of school cleaners in ACT schools. School cleaners, many who are refugees and from non-English speaking backgrounds, have experienced serious exploitation, wage theft and safety issues. Unions first brought these matters to former Minister Burch’s attention in … Continue reading Key test of credibility for next Education Minister

Jobs, Climate, Justice: Expanding the Home Energy Retro-fit Program

Home Energy Retrofit Discussion Paper - Cover

The impact of climate change, and public policies to mitigate and adapt to global warming represents the largest structural economic change in Australia’s history. Rapid change is needed, and is already taking place. It is essential that the change in the ACT is one that involves working people and their communities, helps create new jobs and skills, … Continue reading Jobs, Climate, Justice: Expanding the Home Energy Retro-fit Program