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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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Fair Work Ombudsman spot checks must focus on preventing wage-theft

The Fair Work inspections of up to 50 randomly selected businesses in Woden, Weston Creek and Queanbeyan must focus on wage-theft said UnionsACT today. The inspections will check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks. As many as four in ten businesses in …

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Progressive Canberra Summit to discuss future direction of the ACT

UnionsACT and Fair Go for Canberra are co-hosting the inaugural Progressive Canberra Summit, held at the National Gallery of Australia on 14 November 2015. This important event brings together the ACT’s leading civil society organisations, community groups, unions and individuals to discuss a long-term vision for our city. The Summit will look at a range …

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Canberra Nurse Fronts Campaign to Protect Penalty Rates

UnionsACT will launch a major campaign to defend penalty rates, with veteran nurse Teidi Chad fronting a series of television ads. The campaign coincides with Anti-Poverty Week, running from 11-17 October, and brings together unions and community groups to call on the Federal Liberal Government to protect penalty rates. Ms Chad, a nurse for forty-five …

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Taxi industry deregulation does not excuse Uber from ripping off drivers

The arrival to Canberra of app-based booking services like Uber does not excuse companies like Uber, or taxi companies, from their responsibility to workers and to the community, said UnionsACT today. Globally, Uber not only refuses to collectively bargain with drivers, but maintains the legal fiction that drivers are not Uber-employees. This has the potential …

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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 M Harrison for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra.

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