UnionsACT welcomes recommendations from Insecure Work Inquiry

UnionsACT has today welcomed the recommendations from the ACT Assembly Inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT. The Inquiry commenced in February 2017 and received 39 submissions, including submissions by UnionsACT, numerous unions, and individual workers. The submissions provided evidence of the negative consequences of insecure work in the … Continue reading UnionsACT welcomes recommendations from Insecure Work Inquiry

ANU must take action over Woroni investigation into wage-theft on campus

The ANU administration must audit and report businesses located on their campus who steal wages from workers, said UnionsACT today. An investigation by ANU student newspaper Woroni uncovered serious and long-term wage-theft by the franchisee of Sumo Salad locating on the university campus. Forty percent of businesses in Canberra break one or more of the … Continue reading ANU must take action over Woroni investigation into wage-theft on campus

Canberra unions to rally TOMORROW to change the rules

As part of the national union movement’s 12 Days of Action, unions in Canberra will be rallying on May Day to call for Australia’s broken workplace laws to be changed. Rally Details Location:         Corner Childers St and University Av in Civic Time:               12:30pm – 1:30pm Date:                Tuesday 1 May 2018 Speakers at … Continue reading Canberra unions to rally TOMORROW to change the rules

International Workers Memorial Day: Saturday 28 April

International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated in Canberra this Saturday 28 April at the National Workers Memorial Day at 10:00am. The commemoration is part of national and global ceremonies to recognise the tragedy of workplace accidents and deaths, the vast majority of which are preventable. In Australia, 182 workers were killed in 2017, more … Continue reading International Workers Memorial Day: Saturday 28 April

Forty percent of young workers have been injured at work

2018 Young Worker Safety Report - Breaking Point

A new UnionsACT report into workplace safety of workers aged between 15 to 25 shows that forty percent of young workers have been injured at work, demonstrating a high level of under-reporting of workplace injuries. The report also found that forty percent of young workers have not been told by their employer what to do … Continue reading Forty percent of young workers have been injured at work

UC Hospital Fatality Charges Show Employers and CEOs Must Take Responsibility for Safety

University of Canberra Hospital Fatality 2016

Joint media release with CFMEU ACT Branch. The charges laid today by WorkSafe ACT over the 2016 UC Hospital fatality show that CEOs and construction industry employers cannot get away with disregarding safety. The ACT is the least safe jurisdiction in Australia for construction workers, with an average of 42 construction workers injured every month. … Continue reading UC Hospital Fatality Charges Show Employers and CEOs Must Take Responsibility for Safety

Majority of Canberrans support light rail stage 2

UnionsACT polling conducted in March reveals that a majority of Canberrans support the expansion of Canberra’s light rail network from Civic to Woden. Polling commissioned by UnionsACT and undertaken on 16 March 2018 has found that support for stage 2 of light rail is at 51.5%. 2044 people were polled, with a margin of error … Continue reading Majority of Canberrans support light rail stage 2

ACT Govt. should consider insourcing and direct employment

Following revelations that the ACT Government’s major outsourcing project (Total Facilities Management) is unaffordable, unions are calling on the government to consider insourcing services, including direct employment. The “asset management” services within “Total Facilities Management” include maintenance and cleaning services, which are industries characterised by insecure, casualised jobs, and low wages. The experience of 30 … Continue reading ACT Govt. should consider insourcing and direct employment

Fair Work Ombudsman confirms forty percent of Canberra businesses break workplace laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman today has confirmed that lawbreaking by employers in the ACT is widespread, with 40 percent of audited businesses failing to meet their workplace legal obligations after a second warning. The Ombudsman conducted an audit of ACT businesses over two rounds earlier in 2017. After failing the first round, forty percent of … Continue reading Fair Work Ombudsman confirms forty percent of Canberra businesses break workplace laws

UnionsACT calls for vigilance and increased Worksafe inspections during heatwaves

UnionsACT has today called for workers and employers to increase their vigilance about working in heat as the ACT faces the start of heat-wave season. The union peak body also calls on Worksafe to increase inspections of industries at high risk of extremely hot working conditions, including construction, aged care and hospitality. Hot weather is … Continue reading UnionsACT calls for vigilance and increased Worksafe inspections during heatwaves