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ACT Government Climate Strategy Misses “Just Transition”

UnionsACT is disappointed that the ACT Government’s newly released Climate Strategy has not integrated any Just Transition principles. The short “Just Transition” section in the new Climate Strategy does not detail any actual Just Transition principles, and appears to be merely a box-ticking exercise. A Just Transition approach to climate policy should include the following …

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UnionsACT endorses “Students Climate Strike”

The peak body for trade unions in Canberra has endorsed the Student Climate Strike, youth-organised protests at government inaction on the climate crisis. Young people and students will be protesting globally and in Canberra on 20 September. UnionsACT supports and endorses the protests, and encourages union members and working people to support this important political …

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2018 Young Worker Safety Report - Breaking Point

UnionsACT supports ACT Govt’s anti wage-theft laws

UnionsACT has today expressed its strong support for new laws introduced by Attorney General Gordon Ramsay that will enable unions to tackle wage-theft. The Courts (Fair Work and Work Safety) Bill 2019 clarifies existing referral powers under the Fair Work Act to allow state and territory magistrates courts to hear small-claims (wage-theft) matters. Under the …

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Canberra unions to rally TOMORROW to change the rules

As part of the national union movement’s 12 Days of Action, unions in Canberra will be rallying on May Day to call for Australia’s broken workplace laws to be changed. Rally Details Location:         Corner Childers St and University Av in Civic Time:               12:30pm – 1:30pm Date:                Tuesday 1 May 2018 Speakers at …

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International Workers Memorial Day: Saturday 28 April

International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated in Canberra this Saturday 28 April at the National Workers Memorial Day at 10:00am. 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, 182 workers were killed in 2017, more …

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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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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, 2 Badham Street, Canberra.

 

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