University of Canberra Hospital Fatality 2016

Workplace Safety Awareness Walk on Sunday will pay respect to killed UC Hospital worker

The Inaugural Workplace Safety Awareness Walk this Sunday will pay respects to the crane driver killed earlier this month on the University of Canberra Hospital building site. Despite improvements in construction safety over the past three years, the Canberra construction sector remains the least safe jurisdiction in Australia. The tragic death of a 62-year-old crane …

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Workplace Safety Walk 2016

UnionsACT Keep the spotlight on workplace safety with inaugural Work Safety Awareness Walk

On Sunday 28 August from 10am – 12pm, UnionsACT will host the inaugural Work Safety Awareness Walk in support of workplace safety in the ACT. Participants can register for free to walk Lake Burley Griffin with friends, family and pets to show their support for this extremely important cause. The walk will leave from the National Workers …

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Canberra Liberals must explain how they will fund election promises

The Canberra Liberals have between $404.0 million and $497.4 million in unfunded promises according to independent analysis commissioned by UnionsACT. This figure includes only recurrent expenditure, and does not include Tuesday’s announcement by the Canberra Liberals of a $400 million capital works project at the Canberra Hospital, or other capital works commitments. The Canberra Liberals …

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ACT Election TV ad campaign launched by UnionsACT

UnionsACT will tomorrow launch its ACT election television advertising campaign, highlighting the record of the Liberal party in breaking promises and cutting public sector jobs. In every jurisdiction in Australia, the Liberal party has promised to not cut health and education funding, or public sector jobs, only to break those promises after the election. Victoria …

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UnionsACT calls on Canberra Liberals to release light rail and other election promise costings

UnionsACT has today called on the Canberra Liberals to release their own costings of election commitments, including tearing up the light rail contracts. Fairfax reports on 1 August of Canberra Liberal spending commitments suggest the party has made between $380-400 million in un-costed promises. The largest un-costed promise appears to be the cancellation of the …

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UnionsACT welcomes announcement of ACT rehabilitation, return to work and retraining program

UnionsACT has today welcomed the announcement by ACT chief minister Andrew Barr and industrial relations and workplace safety minister Mick Gentleman of a Return to work and Retraining Program for ACT public servants. The newly announced program will assist all ACT public servants, including nurses, teachers and fire-fighters who suffer a physical or psychological injury …

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UnionsACT welcomes appointment of Greg Jones as ACT Work Safety Commissioner

UnionsACT has today welcomed the appointment of Greg Jones as ACT Work Safety Commissioner. Mr Jones replaces Mark McCabe as commissioner after Mr McCabe retired earlier this year. Mr Jones is well known to unions in the Canberra region, through his most recent role at Access Canberra as Director of Regulatory Compliance for the construction …

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American-style industrial tactics from Canberra Casino deeply concerning

UnionsACT is deeply concerned that American-style industrial tactics are being imported by the Canberra Casino. The recent action taken by the Canberra Casino against casino workers taking protected industrial action is from the US-style anti-worker playbooks. Casino workers have been threatened by management and stood down for wanting to wear union t-shirts as part of …

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Unions to hold vigil at Mexican Embassy to mourn violence & deaths of students and teachers in Mexico

UnionsACT and the Australian Education Union will hold a vigil at the Mexican Embassy on Wednesday morning to mourn the deaths of 12 teachers and students in the Mexican city of Oaxaca. The candle-light vigil comes following deadly clashes between protesting Mexican teachers and students, and security forces in the southern Mexican city. More than …

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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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