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

UnionsACT calls for halt & review of smart meter roll-out

UnionsACT has today called for the smart meter roll-out in the ACT to be halted and reviewed. The new smart meter policy became operational on 1 December 2017. The policy effectively privatises the installation of electricity meters, and will see the substantial increase of electricity prices for consumers. The program opens the installation of meters … Continue reading UnionsACT calls for halt & review of smart meter roll-out

UnionsACT Executive acknowledges life-time achievements towards nurses and working people of Jenny Miragaya

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ACT Branch has today announced that long-standing branch secretary Jenny Miragaya will retire effective 1 December 2017. The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT: “The UnionsACT Executive has acknowledged and thanked Jenny Miragaya, the retiring secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ACT Branch, … Continue reading UnionsACT Executive acknowledges life-time achievements towards nurses and working people of Jenny Miragaya

New Report confirms: Wage-theft against migrant workers and international students is widespread in Canberra

A new report released yesterday by UNSW and UTS academics Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum confirm that wage-theft against migrant workers and international students is widespread in Canberra. The report, Wage Theft in Australia: Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey, is one of the largest of its kind and found: Thirty percent of … Continue reading New Report confirms: Wage-theft against migrant workers and international students is widespread in Canberra

Proposed work fatality compensation manifestly inadequate, say unions

The new proposed fatality compensation is manifestly inadequate given that the ACT remains the second most dangerous state in Australia. The ACT Government tabled a Bill last week to increase the workplace death compensation to be equivalent to Comcare compensation ($528,433), still amongst the lowest in Australia. Three workers have died in the ACT in … Continue reading Proposed work fatality compensation manifestly inadequate, say unions

New national data still has ACT has second most dangerous place to work. Again.

The most recent comparative safety report by Safe Work Australia confirms that the ACT is again the second least safe jurisdiction in Australia to work. Rates of serious injury in the ACT during the most recent reporting period are at 3.5 serious claims per 1000 employees, compared to the Australian average of 2.8 serious claims. … Continue reading New national data still has ACT has second most dangerous place to work. Again.

Unions Rally to “Blow the Whistle” on weak work safety regulator

Workers and unions will rally tomorrow, Thursday 26 October, in Dickson to demand the ACT government set up an independent work safety authority. WorkSafe ACT was merged into Access Canberra in 2015. Since then, the number of serious workplace injuries has increased, while the number of compliance activities and workplace visits has decreased. WorkSafe has … Continue reading Unions Rally to “Blow the Whistle” on weak work safety regulator

Anti-Poverty Week a time to reflect on impact of penalty rates cuts and wage-theft

This week is Anti-Poverty Week, a reminder that more than 36,000 Canberrans are living in poverty. The current minimum wage is not enough to lift all Canberrans above the poverty line, and this has been exacerbated by recent cuts to Sunday penalty rates, and endemic wage-theft and non-payment of superannuation by ACT employers. Cuts to … Continue reading Anti-Poverty Week a time to reflect on impact of penalty rates cuts and wage-theft

Unions launch ‘WeakSafe’ campaign on Labour Day

UnionsACT will today launch the ‘No More WeakSafe’ campaign to call for the separation of WorkSafe ACT from Access Canberra. More than 3000 workers are injured each year at work in Canberra. The most recent Safe Work Australia data shows workplace injuries have increased and at the same time, WorkSafe has dramatically reduced its inspections … Continue reading Unions launch ‘WeakSafe’ campaign on Labour Day