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Canberra unions to rally TOMORROW to change the rules

As part of the national union movement’s 12 Days of Action, unions in Canberra will be rallying on May Day to call for Australia’s broken workplace laws to be changed. Rally Details Location:         Corner Childers St and University Av in Civic Time:               12:30pm – 1:30pm Date:                Tuesday 1 May 2018 Speakers at …

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International Workers Memorial Day: Saturday 28 April

International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated in Canberra this Saturday 28 April at the National Workers Memorial Day at 10:00am. The commemoration is part of national and global ceremonies to recognise the tragedy of workplace accidents and deaths, the vast majority of which are preventable. In Australia, 182 workers were killed in 2017, more …

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University of Canberra Hospital Fatality 2016

UC Hospital Fatality Charges Show Employers and CEOs Must Take Responsibility for Safety

Joint media release with CFMEU ACT Branch. The charges laid today by WorkSafe ACT over the 2016 UC Hospital fatality show that CEOs and construction industry employers cannot get away with disregarding safety. The ACT is the least safe jurisdiction in Australia for construction workers, with an average of 42 construction workers injured every month. …

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ACT Govt. should consider insourcing and direct employment

Following revelations that the ACT Government’s major outsourcing project (Total Facilities Management) is unaffordable, unions are calling on the government to consider insourcing services, including direct employment. The “asset management” services within “Total Facilities Management” include maintenance and cleaning services, which are industries characterised by insecure, casualised jobs, and low wages. The experience of 30 …

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Fair Work Ombudsman confirms forty percent of Canberra businesses break workplace laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman today has confirmed that lawbreaking by employers in the ACT is widespread, with 40 percent of audited businesses failing to meet their workplace legal obligations after a second warning. The Ombudsman conducted an audit of ACT businesses over two rounds earlier in 2017. After failing the first round, forty percent of …

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UnionsACT calls for vigilance and increased Worksafe inspections during heatwaves

UnionsACT has today called for workers and employers to increase their vigilance about working in heat as the ACT faces the start of heat-wave season. The union peak body also calls on Worksafe to increase inspections of industries at high risk of extremely hot working conditions, including construction, aged care and hospitality. Hot weather is …

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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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