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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

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

UnionsACT Budget Submission 2018-19

UnionsACT's 2018-19 ACT Budget submission is now available for download. Our Submission focuses on six areas: Strong and well-funded public services and emergency services Secure jobs, rights at work and workplace safety Quality public hospitals and aff­ordable healthcare Quality, well-resourced schools Tackling inequality and ensuring fair taxation Public ownership of public assets and services Our … Continue reading UnionsACT Budget Submission 2018-19

UnionsACT Submission to ACT Family & Domestic Violence Inquiry

In September, UnionsACT made a submission to the ACT Assembly Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, which was holding an inquiry into Family & Domestic Violence. The UnionsACT submission focused on the importance of new workplaces rights in tackling and eliminating family and domestic violence, and empowering victims of violence to leave. Download our … Continue reading UnionsACT Submission to ACT Family & Domestic Violence Inquiry