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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 … 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 Statement to ‘Secure Local Jobs Bill’ Assembly Inquiry

The following statement was made on 12 September 2018 by UnionsACT Secretary, Alex White, to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism's Inquiry into Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018. UnionsACT is the peak council for the ACT’s union movement, representing 24 unions and over 33,000 union members. Many tens of thousands … Continue reading UnionsACT Statement to ‘Secure Local Jobs Bill’ Assembly Inquiry

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

UnionsACT Submission to the Inquiry into Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018

UnionsACT supports the proposed Bill to amend the Government Procurement Act and create the Secure Local Jobs Code. We have a long-held view that the ACT Government procurement policy must be used to advance a progressive, pro-worker social and economic agenda, entrench good conditions and high wages, and promote local industry capabilities, skills, secure jobs … Continue reading UnionsACT Submission to the Inquiry into Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018

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 Submission to the Independent Review into Work Safety

Although UnionsACT did not called for it, we welcome the establishment of an independent review into work safety in the ACT. UnionsACT has campaigned for a stronger, better resourced work safety authority for a number of years, recently through our Weaksafe campaign An independent examination of the Access Canberra/WorkSafe ACT’s work safety compliance and enforcement … Continue reading UnionsACT Submission to the Independent Review into Work Safety

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