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Jobkeeper wage subsidy leaves 26,000 Canberra workers without support

Analysis by the ACTU and UnionsACT shows that 17,300 casual workers and 8,600 migrant workers (excluding New Zealand citizens) will not be eligible for the Federal Government wages subsidy (Jobkeeper). The Commonwealth’s Jobkeeper wage subsidy provides $750 per week to employers as a subsidy for wages paid to workers. However, the subsidy scheme excludes casual …

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UnionsACT calls for Federal wages subsidy to protect jobs

UnionsACT has today added its voice to calls that the Federal Government urgently establish a wages subsidy to protect jobs. Thousands of Canberra workers and hundreds of thousands across Australia are facing mass unemployment due to stand-downs and job cuts. These workers are now facing life below the poverty-line on Newstart, as well as mass …

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Employers who pressure workers to give up permanent jobs are breaking the law

UnionsACT is aware of employers using the coronavirus crisis to coerce vulnerable workers out of permanent employment and into casual jobs. This activity is illegal, and workers who face this pressure from employers should contact UnionsACT or their union immediately. The vast majority of economic stimulus support from the Federal and ACT Government has gone …

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Employers must waive sick certificate requirements

UnionsACT has today called on ACT employers to waive requirements for sick certificates for employees during the coronavirus crisis. Most employers require employees to provide a sick certificate from a doctor or pharmacist if they are sick for even a single day. During this public health emergency, this requirement (which was already unnecessary and wasteful) …

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ACT Govt Stimulus must come with guarantees for workers

UnionsACT has today called on the ACT Government to ensure any stimulus payments to businesses come with job security guarantees for working Canberrans. Past experience in Australia and overseas during financial shocks shows the central importance of protecting job security in order to reduce the length and severity of economic downturns. Without a requirement to …

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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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