UnionsACT to campaign to raise awareness of motor injury law changes

UnionsACT will launch a major campaign this Sunday to raise awareness of lobbying by insurance companies that will change the ACT’s motor insurance compensation laws. The proposed changes to motor injury laws come after years of intense lobbying behind the scenes by the duopoly insurance companies. Under the changes, insurance companies will gain even more … Continue reading UnionsACT to campaign to raise awareness of motor injury law changes

Response to Work safety review

UnionsACT has today responded to the release of the Independent review into the ACT’s work safety compliance infrastructure, policies and procedures. The review confirms UnionsACT’s position that the amalgamation of Worksafe into Access Canberra was to the detriment of workers’ safety. The review further confirms UnionsACT’s view that Worksafe should be restructured into an independent … Continue reading Response to Work safety review

UnionsACT presents the 2018 Labour Day Festival & Union Picnic

Following the final Family and Community Day public holiday last year, UnionsACT is reviving Union Picnic Day, to be held on Labour Day. The free-entry event will be held at Eddison Park in Woden, and will include carnival rides, a petting zoo, free face painting, a kids-corner, and loads of games and activities. Adults and … Continue reading UnionsACT presents the 2018 Labour Day Festival & Union Picnic

Vigil for victims of gender-based violence

UnionsACT We are Union Women committee convenor, Emma Turner, has called on the federal government to urgently address the rising death-toll caused by violence against women. “So far this year 47 women have been murdered through gender-based violence. It is estimated that 800,000 women will have experienced gender-based violence this year. What will it take … Continue reading Vigil for victims of gender-based violence

Seven in ten working women aged under 25 have experienced wage theft: UnionsACT report

UnionsACT has today released a report into the experiences of young women in Canberra workplaces, finding that exploitation, bullying and harassment, discrimination and wage-theft are widespread and structural. More than 220 young workers aged under 25 years were surveyed earlier this year, in-person and online. The survey’s findings are included in the new report: ‘Sick … Continue reading Seven in ten working women aged under 25 have experienced wage theft: UnionsACT report

UnionsACT congratulates ACT Government for supporting the nuclear prohibition treaty and ICAN

UnionsACT has today congratulated the ACT Government and ACT Assembly for supporting the international treaty for the prohibition on nuclear weapons. The treaty was passed by the UN in 2017 as a result of campaigning by ICAN, the Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation founded in Australia. The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, secretary … Continue reading UnionsACT congratulates ACT Government for supporting the nuclear prohibition treaty and ICAN

UnionsACT urges ACT Labor to reverse ‘unprecedented’ $5m gift to corporate charity

UnionsACT will urge the ACT Labor Government to reverse the decision to gift $5 million in taxpayer funds to a corporatised charity, at Saturday’s Labor Party Conference. The decision to provide funds to a private charitable fund to distribute as grants, without competitive tender or public consultation, is unprecedented in the ACT. UnionsACT will raise … Continue reading UnionsACT urges ACT Labor to reverse ‘unprecedented’ $5m gift to corporate charity

Today: Union Rally to Support Secure Local Jobs for Canberra

Unions will rally today at the ACT Assembly to support the proposed Secure Local Jobs Package. The Secure Local Jobs Package includes a range of new measures to protect the rights of employees of ACT Government contractors. The Package was a key election commitment made by ACT Labor in 2016 to ensure the ACT Government … Continue reading Today: Union Rally to Support Secure Local Jobs for Canberra

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