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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 supports ACT Govt’s anti wage-theft laws

UnionsACT has today expressed its strong support for new laws introduced by Attorney General Gordon Ramsay that will enable unions to tackle wage-theft. The Courts (Fair Work and Work Safety) Bill 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 …

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Statement: UnionsACT acknowledges achievements of Nadine Flood in advancing and defending public sector workers

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has today announced that national secretary Nadine Flood will retire from her role due to health reasons. The CPSU is the largest union in the ACT, and the leadership of Nadine Flood during her years as leader of the union have played an enormous and positive role for …

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UnionsACT welcomes introduction of Worksafe reform Bill

UnionsACT welcomed today’s introduction of the Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2019, a reform bill to establish Worksafe ACT as an independent safety regulator. The introduction of the Bill today comes after more than three years of campaigning by unions in Canberra calling for a stronger, more independent regulator. The bill implements the recommendations …

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UnionsACT to launch Young Workers Centre to tackle the wage-theft crisis

UnionsACT will launch its Young Workers Centre tomorrow night, Wednesday 31 July, officially opening its virtual doors to provide free, confidential information and support to young workers aged under 25 years. UnionsACT will use the launch on Wednesday to call for new laws to make it simpler and faster for workers to recover stolen wages. …

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Fair Work Ombudsman sushi-shop fine shows wage-theft is at crisis levels

The fine secured by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a Canberra sushi company demonstrates the vast scale of wage-theft in the ACT. The penalties were issued against the operator of a chain of sushi outlets for deliberately underpaying migrant workers in Canberra, who were underpaid as much as $1992. Four of the workers were aged …

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UnionsACT to support LGBTQIA+ workers through Pride Leadership Internships

UnionsACT is pleased to be the recipient of a Capital of Equality grant from the ACT Government, announced yesterday. Thanks to this grant, UnionsACT will provide paid internships for early career LGBTQIA+ workers in 2019 to develop leadership skills and improve awareness of rights at work for queer workers. UnionsACT and the Canberra union movement …

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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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