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Commentators and politicians should be responsible in debating proposed ABCC bill

Politicians and commentators should be measured and responsible in discussing the proposed reintroduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and Building Code, said UnionsACT secretary Alex White today. It is very important for commentators and politicians to avoid misrepresenting what the Building Code and ABCC are and their scope. Uncritically repeating the partisan, politically …

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UnionsACT statement on procurement MOU

UnionsACT notes with disappoint the misleading statements by Minister Michaelia Cash, Liberal Senator Zed Seselja and Canberra Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson regarding the memorandum of understanding on procurement. A fact sheet regarding the MOU is here. The memorandum of understanding of understanding was first agreed in 2005. It has been subject to parliamentary questioning and …

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UnionsACT statement on resignation of Mark McCabe

UnionsACT thanks Mark McCabe for his service to and promotion of workplace safety for working people in the ACT. Mr McCabe was responsible for implementing a range of improvements to workplace safety, including commencing implementation of the Getting Home Safely Report. Unions have appreciated the cooperative approach taken by Mr McCabe towards unions and employee …

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Government must act to prevent exploitation of student workers

The ACT Government must ensure that measures are introduced to prevent the serious and systematic workplace exploitation of local and international students. Both domestic and international students who take on part-time work face serious underpayments in the hospitality, retail and contract cleaning industries. Exploitation can include underpayments, no access to workers’ compensation, non-payment of superannuation, …

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Key test of credibility for next Education Minister

The first credibility test for the new Education Minister will be to address the serious and systematic exploitation of school cleaners in ACT schools. School cleaners, many who are refugees and from non-English speaking backgrounds, have experienced serious exploitation, wage theft and safety issues. Unions first brought these matters to former Minister Burch’s attention in …

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ABC Investigation highlights university and ACT Government duty of care to international students

The ABC 7.30 investigation into serious and widespread exploitation of international students by a major cleaning company highlights the need for the ACT Government and local universities to ensure international students’ rights are protected. International students, whose strict visa conditions makes them vulnerable to unscrupulous companies, make up 60 percent of the CBD cleaning workforce …

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Improved work injury numbers shows importance of workplace inspections and compliance

Improved safety figures from Safe Work Australia show the importance of union safety visits and heightened inspection regime, said UnionsACT secretary Alex White. The Comparative Performance Monitoring Report, released on 28 October, showed that the incidence of serious workplace injury claims has dropped in the ACT from 11.9 per 1000 employees to 9.6. The Safe …

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UnionsACT champions a just transition at this Sunday’s Peoples’ Climate March

Canberra’s unions will join the Peoples’ Climate March on Sunday to highlight the importance of a just transition to a low carbon economy. UnionsACT has worked alongside environmental and community groups to organise the march to coincide with the international Paris climate talks. The march is expected to be one of the largest and most …

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ACT political leaders must categorically rule out supporting any increase to the GST

  Political leaders in the ACT must categorically rule out supporting any increase to the GST, said UnionsACT today. Proposals by the Federal Government and the business lobby to increase the GST to 15% would disproportionately impact everyday people and benefit the wealthy. The business lobby is advocating that an increase to the GST should …

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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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