Mr Fluffy revelations requires immediate inquiry and criminal investigation

Startling revelations of asbestos-tainted material being removed from Mr. Fluffy properties demands immediate action and investigation, said UnionsACT today. UnionsACT, in conjunction with the CFMEU, is calling for the ACT Government to take action to: Immediately suspend all demolition work associated with Mr. Fluffy properties. Temporarily suspend all asbestos licenses for contractors involved with Mr. …

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Union members hold key to election outcome in Eden Monaro

Unions across the Canberra region are ready to mobilise thousands of members and supporters to dump the Turnbull Government and Eden Monaro MP Peter Hendy. The official start of the 2016 election campaign comes days after a poll shows that widely-disliked Liberal member for Eden Monaro, Peter Hendy, would lose his seat. The national union …

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Failed prosecution requires strengthening of industrial manslaughter laws

The shock decision today by the ACT public prosecutor to drop the industrial manslaughter case against Schwing Australia for the death of Ben Catanzariti highlights serious limitations with the industrial manslaughter laws. The industrial manslaughter laws were introduced in the ACT in 2003 to ensure that workplaces in Canberra are as safe as possible. It …

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International Workers Memorial Day: Thursday 28 April

International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated in Canberra on Thursday 28 April at the National Workers Memorial Day at 11am. 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, 193 workers were killed in 2015, almost …

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Amendments to workplace privacy laws will expose working people to covert surveillance

UnionsACT has serious concerns that changes to the Workplace Privacy Act due to be debated on Thursday in the ACT Assembly will give undue powers to employers and insurance companies to spy on workers outside the workplace. The bill, introduced by Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury, will expose public and private sector workers to being covertly …

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Unions launch Canberra’s largest community campaign

Unions will come together tonight to launch Canberra’s largest ever community campaign. The campaign, called ‘We Are Union’, will call for stronger public services, secure jobs, quality health care, better resourced schools and a fair tax system. The campaign will benefit from several years of innovation and learning from highly successful union campaigns in Victoria, …

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May Day 2016

May Day Dinner 2016

The UnionsACT dinner to celebrate May Day will be held on Friday 29 April. You can purchase tickets here and contact UnionsACT if you have any questions it would like to buy a table of 10.

Commentators and politicians should be responsible in debating proposed ABCC bill

Politicians and commentators should be measured and responsible in discussing the proposed reintroduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and Building Code, said UnionsACT secretary Alex White today. It is very important for commentators and politicians to avoid misrepresenting what the Building Code and ABCC are and their scope. Uncritically repeating the partisan, politically …

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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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