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Work health & safety alert: Bushfire smoke poses dangers to workers

UnionsACT has today issued a work health and safety alert about the bushfire smoke. Bushfire smoke is a serious health hazard. There is no safe exposure level for air pollution like bushfire smoke. Health authorities in New South Wales and Queensland have already issued health alerts, warning of ultra-fine particulate matter (PM) in the smoke …

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UnionsACT welcomes amendments to Human Rights Act enshrining right to join unions

UnionsACT has today welcomed the introduction of amendments to the ACT Human Rights Act to recognise the right of workers to join their union. The amendment was tabled by Labor backbencher Bec Cody; it would include a protection in the Act of the right of workers to join and be active in their union. The …

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UnionsACT welcomes new independent WorkSafe ACT, must now focus on worker safety and compliance

UnionsACT has today welcomed the WHS Amendment Bill in the ACT Assembly today, which will establish a new, independent WorkSafe ACT. The Bill debated today comes after more than three years of campaigning by unions in Canberra calling for a stronger, more independent regulator, and better safety outcomes for workers. The ACT remains the second …

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New anti wage-theft laws will benefit Canberra workers

New anti-wage-theft laws passed today by the ACT Assembly will benefit Canberra workers whose wages have been stolen by their boss. The Courts (Fair Work and Work Safety) Act 2019 clarifies existing referral powers under the Fair Work Act to allow state and territory magistrates courts to hear small-claims (wage-theft) matters. Under the Fair Work …

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UnionsACT proudly joins large community coalition against nuclear energy

UnionsACT has joined with a broad coalition of faith, union, environmental, Aboriginal and public health groups, representing millions of Australians, who has come together to send a clear message to federal politicians that our energy future is renewable, not radioactive. The groups have released a shared statement in response to the federal parliamentary inquiry into …

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ACT Government Climate Strategy Misses “Just Transition”

UnionsACT is disappointed that the ACT Government’s newly released Climate Strategy has not integrated any Just Transition principles. The short “Just Transition” section in the new Climate Strategy does not detail any actual Just Transition principles, and appears to be merely a box-ticking exercise. A Just Transition approach to climate policy should include the following …

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UnionsACT endorses “Students Climate Strike”

The peak body for trade unions in Canberra has endorsed the Student Climate Strike, youth-organised protests at government inaction on the climate crisis. Young people and students will be protesting globally and in Canberra on 20 September. UnionsACT supports and endorses the protests, and encourages union members and working people to support this important political …

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UnionsACT acknowledges that it works on the land of the Ngunnawal people, and we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. 

Authorised A White for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra.

 

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