Employers who pressure workers to give up permanent jobs are breaking the law

UnionsACT is aware of employers using the coronavirus crisis to coerce vulnerable workers out of permanent employment and into casual jobs. This activity is illegal, and workers who face this pressure from employers should contact UnionsACT or their union immediately. The vast majority of economic stimulus support from the Federal and ACT Government has gone …

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Employers must waive sick certificate requirements

UnionsACT has today called on ACT employers to waive requirements for sick certificates for employees during the coronavirus crisis. Most employers require employees to provide a sick certificate from a doctor or pharmacist if they are sick for even a single day. During this public health emergency, this requirement (which was already unnecessary and wasteful) …

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ACT Govt Stimulus must come with guarantees for workers

UnionsACT has today called on the ACT Government to ensure any stimulus payments to businesses come with job security guarantees for working Canberrans. Past experience in Australia and overseas during financial shocks shows the central importance of protecting job security in order to reduce the length and severity of economic downturns. Without a requirement to …

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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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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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