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Hard to Breathe: Canberran workers’ rights, WHS and smoke

UnionsACT surveyed over 960 Canberran workers, who were exposed to the bushfire smoke during December 2019 and January 2020. This research demonstrates that a large proportion of working people were exposed to hazardous, toxic levels of smoke, and that many employers failed in their legal obligations to keep workers safe. The results also demonstrate the …

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Worksafe must enforce the law, prosecute bosses who exposed workers to toxic smoke

Worksafe must enforce the Work Health and Safety Act by prosecuting employers who forced workers to work in the toxic bush fire smoke over the December-January period. The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act requires employers to ensure the health and safety of workers as far as reasonably practicable. The bush fire smoke that has …

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Employers should not force workers to work in hazardous smoke

UnionsACT today calls on employers to not force workers to work in the hazardous smoke. Over the holiday period, UnionsACT has been contacted by numerous workers expressing concern that they have been forced to work in the smoke without protective equipment such as P2 dust masks. The bushfire smoke that has blanketed Canberra is a …

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Young Workers to Protest Grill’d Tomorrow

Young workers in Canberra, supported by unions, will protest tomorrow at the serious and widespread exploitation taking place within the Grill’d franchise. Details Location:        Meet at corner of Bunda St & Scotts Crossing, Civic Time:               11:30am – 12pm Date:               Thurs 12 November 2019 The Grill’d fast food franchise has been exposed in …

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Work health & safety alert: Bushfire smoke poses dangers to workers

UnionsACT has today issued a work health and safety alert about the bushfire smoke. Bushfire smoke is a serious health hazard. There is no safe exposure level for air pollution like bushfire smoke. Health authorities in New South Wales and Queensland have already issued health alerts, warning of ultra-fine particulate matter (PM) in the smoke …

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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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