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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 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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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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