Anti-Poverty Week a time to reflect on impact of penalty rates cuts and wage-theft

This week is Anti-Poverty Week, a reminder that more than 36,000 Canberrans are living in poverty. The current minimum wage is not enough to lift all Canberrans above the poverty line, and this has been exacerbated by recent cuts to Sunday penalty rates, and endemic wage-theft and non-payment of superannuation by ACT employers. Cuts to …

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UnionsACT calls on ACT Govt to urgently implement inquiry recommendations on combustible aluminium cladding

UnionsACT today calls on the ACT Government to urgently implement recommendations from the interim report from the Senate Inquiry into Aluminium Composite Cladding. The Senate Inquiry has made eight recommendations, including: Implement a total ban on the importation, sale and use of Polyethylene core aluminium composite panels as a matter of urgency; Work with states …

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UnionsACT welcomes audit of apprentice safety and supervision

UnionsACT has today welcomed Work Safe ACT’s announcement that it will conduct an audit of apprentice supervision. Apprentices in the ACT are seriously injured at between two-to-three times the rate of adult workers, and UnionsACT research shows that 70 percent of young workers have been forced to work in unsafe conditions. Last year, an apprentice …

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Almost eight in ten young workers in Canberra have experienced wage theft, over half made to work illegal unpaid trial shift

UnionsACT research into the experiences of workers aged between 15 to 25 shows that 76 percent of young workers have experienced wage theft, and 56 percent had been forced to work an illegal unpaid trial shift. The research, released today, found that: Almost eight in ten young workers had experienced wage-theft; Fifty six percent had …

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Updated Safe Work Australia data confirms ACT is second least safe jurisdiction in Australia to work

The recently updated report by Safe Work Australia confirms that the ACT is the second least safe jurisdiction in Australia to work. The updated report was revised in July to update ABS data. Rates of injury in the ACT during the most recent reporting period are at 11.3 serious claims per 1000 employees, compared to …

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Sole work safety responsibility for Commissioner is welcome improvement

UnionsACT has today welcomed the announcement that the Work Safety Commissioner will be solely focused on workplace health and safety. Under new administrative arrangements, the Commissioner will no longer be responsible for other statutory offices. This will enable the Commissioner to provide greater focus and attention to the important issue of worker safety. Despite some …

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UnionsACT submission to Inquiry into Billboards

UnionsACT strongly supports the existing restrictions on billboard advertising. This restriction preserves public spaces from commercial advertising (a pernicious form of privatisation), protects jobs in the tourism industry, promotes social inclusion, maintains the aesthetics of our ‘Bush Capital’ and has other economic benefits. You can download the full submission here.

Rally on Tuesday to oppose Turnbull Government’s War on Workers

Workers will rally tomorrow, Tuesday 20 June, in Canberra to oppose the Turnbull Government’s War on Workers. Millions of working people across Australia, and tens of thousands in Canberra, have been directly impacted by the Federal Liberal Government’s hostile, anti-worker agenda. These include: Hostile public service bargaining policy that has frozen wages and cut conditions …

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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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