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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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