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 welcomes recommendations from Insecure Work Inquiry

UnionsACT has today welcomed the recommendations from the ACT Assembly Inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT. The Inquiry commenced in February 2017 and received 39 submissions, including submissions by UnionsACT, numerous unions, and individual workers. The submissions provided evidence of the negative consequences of insecure work in the …

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ANU must take action over Woroni investigation into wage-theft on campus

The ANU administration must audit and report businesses located on their campus who steal wages from workers, said UnionsACT today. An investigation by ANU student newspaper Woroni uncovered serious and long-term wage-theft by the franchisee of Sumo Salad locating on the university campus. Forty percent of businesses in Canberra break one or more of the …

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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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UnionsACT Submission to ACT Zero Net Emissions Discussion Paper

UnionsACT supports the ACT Government’s ambition to become a zero carbon Territory. The union movement in Canberra and nationally has played a vital role in protecting Australia’s environment and advocating for rapid climate action in the past and we will continue to fight for the sustainability of our environment to protect our economy, societies and …

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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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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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