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UnionsACT ‘concerned’ at reports ACT Govt will divert club community contributions to corporate charity

Reports that the ACT Government is considering diverting part or all of the clubs community contributions to the Hands Across Canberra corporatised charity are concerning, said UnionsACT today. Yesterday, Fairfax reported that Chief Minister Andrew Barr is looking to “divert a portion of the compulsory "community contributions" from clubs into his new charitable fund”. UnionsACT … Continue reading UnionsACT ‘concerned’ at reports ACT Govt will divert club community contributions to corporate charity

UnionsACT condemns “ruthless” Telstra job cuts

UnionsACT today has condemned the ruthless cuts to more than 8000 jobs announced by Telstra. The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, Secretary of UnionsACT: “Telstra has ruthlessly betrayed eight thousand workers and their families, many of whom live in Canberra. “The decision by Telstra management to prioritise corporate profits over their workers and … Continue reading UnionsACT condemns “ruthless” Telstra job cuts

UnionsACT condemns “greedy” calls by property industry to abolish lease variation charge

UnionsACT has today condemned calls by the Property Council ACT and Master Builders Association ACT to abolish the lease variation charge, labelling the demand “greedy”. Due to the unique nature of the ACT’s lease-hold system, the lease variation charge is an important, albeit modest, means for rate-payers and the public to ensure that developers make … Continue reading UnionsACT condemns “greedy” calls by property industry to abolish lease variation charge

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

UnionsACT Submission to ACT Zero Net Emissions Discussion Paper

UnionsACT supports the ACT Government’s ambition to become a zero carbon Territory. The union movement in Canberra and nationally has played a vital role in protecting Australia’s environment and advocating for rapid climate action in the past and we will continue to fight for the sustainability of our environment to protect our economy, societies and … Continue reading UnionsACT Submission to ACT Zero Net Emissions Discussion Paper

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