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 calls for halt & review of smart meter roll-out

UnionsACT has today called for the smart meter roll-out in the ACT to be halted and reviewed. The new smart meter policy became operational on 1 December 2017. The policy effectively privatises the installation of electricity meters, and will see the substantial increase of electricity prices for consumers. The program opens the installation of meters …

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UnionsACT Executive acknowledges life-time achievements towards nurses and working people of Jenny Miragaya

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ACT Branch has today announced that long-standing branch secretary Jenny Miragaya will retire effective 1 December 2017. The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT: “The UnionsACT Executive has acknowledged and thanked Jenny Miragaya, the retiring secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ACT Branch, …

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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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