UnionsACT Submission to Select Committee Inquiry into an Independent Integrity Commission

Download the Submission here. UnionsACT is the peak council representing 24 unions and over 33,000 working people, their families and communities. One hundred thousand more have their conditions of employment shaped by the work of our affiliates. More than 15,000 Canberrans support the work we do through our community campaigning. We have a long and …

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Half of all ACT young workers have experienced unsafe workplaces, 70 percent have been harassed

UnionsACT research into the experiences of workers aged between 15 to 25 shows that half of all young workers have worked in unsafe workplaces and 70 percent of all young workers have experienced bullying and harassment. Download the report here. The research found that: Half of young people aged 15 to 25 had been placed …

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International Workers Memorial Day: Friday 28 April 2017

International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated in Canberra on Friday 28 April at the National Workers Memorial Day at 10:30am. The commemoration is part of national and global ceremonies to recognise the tragedy of workplace accidents and deaths, the vast majority of which are preventable. In Australia, 178 workers were killed in 2016, almost four …

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ACT workers would lose $527,000 over Easter long-weekend under proposed penalty rates cuts

Modelling by the Australian Council of Trade Unions has cost of penalty rates cuts for minimum-wage workers in the ACT as a result of the proposed cuts to penalty rates. ACT workers in the retail, hospitality and fast food industries would have their wages decreased by $527,000 over the Easter Long-Weekend. Australia-wide, this reduction in …

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May Day 2017

UnionsACT is hosting a May Day Dinner on 28 April. May Day celebrates the achievements of working people and organised labour. As with previous years, the May Day Dinner will be held at the Woden Tradies. You can book tickets online here or email unionsact@unionsact.org.au.

New figures show ACT is least safe jurisdiction in Australia to work

See updated media release here. The recently released report by Safe Work Australia shows that the ACT is the least safe jurisdiction in Australia to work, with injury rates in the private sector increasing by 25.5 percent since 2011. Rates of injury in the ACT during the most recent reporting period are at 12.3 serious …

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Australian Support for Jailed Bangladesh Garment Unionists

Unions and human rights activists are tomorrow holding a protest outside the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra. They are demanding that the Bangladesh Government release from jail the 26 workers. The arrests followed strikes and demonstrations by Bangladeshi garment workers seeking higher wages. It is nearly 4 years since 1,138 garment workers lost their lives …

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Employers reminded of legal obligations to pay public holiday penalty rates

As most of Canberra prepares for a day-off on the Australia Day public holiday, over 50,000 people will be working on Thursday across the ACT. Employers are reminded of their obligations to correctly pay staff rostered on to work during the public holiday. It is unlawful to underpay employees, and it is the responsibility of …

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Extreme hot weather calls for stronger working-in-heat protections

Following the continued heatwave across the ACT, UnionsACT is today calling for stronger and clearer regulations for working-in-heat. While some industries and collective agreements have clear requirements about working when there is extreme heat, there is no clear standard in the ACT for employers and employees. Hot weather is a workplace safety issue, and working …

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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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