Response to Work safety review

UnionsACT has today responded to the release of the Independent review into the ACT’s work safety compliance infrastructure, policies and procedures. The review confirms UnionsACT’s position that the amalgamation of Worksafe into Access Canberra was to the detriment of workers’ safety. The review further confirms UnionsACT’s view that Worksafe should be restructured into an independent [...]

Call to Action: October 2018

The past few months have been crucial for the union movement and our Change the Rules campaign in building momentum, exposing the lies of trickle-down economics, and preventing regressive legislation in the Parliament. Our next major focus is building for a rally in November, as part of the national month of action, to highlight why [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]