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UnionsACT calls for protections for renters during coronavirus crisis

UnionsACT has today called on the ACT Government to implement urgent reforms that would protect Canberrans from rent increases and evictions during the COVID-19 crisis. In the past week, UnionsACT has been contacted by numerous casual workers, and retired workers on fixed incomes from superannuation, concerned about evictions during the crisis. Casual workers who are …

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UnionsACT supports calls for sick-leave entitlements for casuals in face of coronavirus

UnionsACT supports calls for casual employees to receive sick-leave entitlements to ensure that working people in Canberra don’t pay the price for doing the right thing and self-isolating due to coronavirus. There are approximately 65,000 workers in the ACT (and 3.3 million across Australia) with no sick leave entitlements (i.e. casual, contract, labour hire/temp). Insecure, …

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UnionsACT supports introduction of labour hire licensing scheme

UnionsACT today welcomed the introduction of the ACT labour hire licensing scheme. The scheme would align the ACT with the successful Victorian and Queensland schemes. Under the scheme, labour hire companies would need to demonstrate past and ongoing compliance with workplace laws to become licensed. Some of Australia’s worst labour abuses in recent years have …

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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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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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