Royal commission into wage theft nowUnderpaying workers is wage theft pure and simple and it’s happening to hundreds of thousands of Australian workers every single day. Lawlessness is rampant in industries like fashion modelling, fast food, retail, hospitality, transport and aged care - where workers are being exploited and robbed of wages on a mass scale. These traditional industries are also facing cut-throat competition from the growing ‘gig economy’ which is driving down wages and smashing the concept of a permanent job into fragments. As a society we cannot sit back and watch as our world of work is atomised and our rights scattered to the wind. We want a royal commission now to expose wrongdoing and provide solutions on how to regulate and organise work in the future.
Sign the petition - Craig Kelly MP: Live off a care worker’s wage for a week!Care workers are undervalued and underpaid. Most people don’t even know that the people doing crucial work for our elderly and disabled citizens are often struggling to scrape by on crazily low wages. On top of this - care workers are often desperate to be given more hours to work, so they can put food on the table! Comments like Mr Kelly’s just show how out of touch politicians are with the average Australian – so to prove he understands, he should live on our wages for a week!
Keep Our Communities Safe: Give us a brake.By 2020, approximately 40% of cars will be fitted with an electronic park brake. Practical Driving Assessors are being asked to conduct tests in cars fitted only with electronic park brakes. CPSU/CSA members are opposing the use of electronic park brakes because they are concerned about the safety of the communities they live and work in. Electronic park brakes are not as successful at stopping cars in an emergency situation. West Australians come to their driving assessment with a range of capabilities and in this stressful situation, safety should be paramount. A centrally mounted brake or dual control is the best method to ensure the safety of those being tested, those testing them and the communities in which they are being tested.
Equal Pay for Equal PlayI'm a lifelong Bulldogs fan and I'm so excited for the new professional women's AFL league, but by offering such measly pay rates for women players, the AFL is preventing women from training and playing as equal professionals. While rookie male players can live off their wages, rookie women will have to work another job. I want the league to support the women players the way any employer should: by providing a safe working environment and decent wages and conditions. Paying a women’s team playing list of 26 players the AFL’s minimum for a rookie would cost just under $1.5 million dollars per season, or just 14.5% of the current total player payment for the men’s teams. These women will be role models: The AFL should show that they value women players by paying professional wages, and protecting the players from being chewed up and spat out if they are injured.
President Park: stop attacking Korean workers!An attack on the rights of Korean truck drivers is an attack on the rights of truck drivers here in Australia and across the world. Australia and other countries have signed so-called free trade deals with South Korea which mean the low standards and oppression Koreans face today could be ours tomorrow. We must show the President that workers from all over the world are ready and willing to stand behind our colleagues in Korea and support safe and fair workplaces.
South Korea: end the attack on workers now!Workers have been beaten and attacked by police during peaceful demonstrations, leaving one man dead. Over 20 union activists have been jailed, with raids on transport unions and the teachers' union deregistered. Yet workers and their unions remain steadfast in their fight for justice and are currently holding strikes.
Protect Our Penalty Rates: Michael SukkarWhen you work unsociable hours and miss out on time with family and friends, you deserve to be compensated -- that's why penalty rates exist. And they're an essential part of many workers' take-home pay that, if cut, would make life pretty difficult. The Liberals are on the record wanting to take away our penalty rates and only if we come together can we stop their attacks.
JCU: Fix Your Rape Culture!James Cook University have continued to employ a rapist in the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Advisor after he pleaded guilty of rape. The Aboriginal student who fell victim to the assault was unconscious at the time and despite admitting to the assault, rapist Douglas Steele will only spend 120 days in prison. In addition to this Steele was given a glowing reference by the head of the Indigenous department, after he pleaded guilty to rape. What a complete betrayal to the victim of the assault. James Cook University is a partner university of the Respect. Now. Always campaign; an initiative run by Universities Australia aimed at tackling the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. JCU can’t preach a platform of zero tolerance for sexual assault while placing rapists like Steele in positions of power over marginalised students. Respect. Now. Always is not a ‘tick the box’ measure for universities to adopt to in order appear like they are addressing sexual violence on campus.The university is answerable for its irresponsible and dangerous actions, and should be called into question by the Queensland Ombudsman, Phil Clarke. Astoundingly over the past five years there have been at least nine incidents of reported sexual assault at JCU with no serious consequences for the perpetrators. Yet the university claim they are “committed to providing a safe study environment for all students, within a culture of safety and respect.” How are universities like JCU continuously allowed to drop the ball in dealing with sexual assault and harassment on campus, yet simultaneously take part in a national campaign directed at improving student safety. Students have been let down by JCU. The actions of JCU are indicative of the intersectionality between sexism and racism, placing students who are more vulnerable to sexual assault in the care of a rapist shows a complete disregard to the welfare of indigenous women. We’re calling bullshit on this ‘zero tolerance’ policy. What is needed is a formal investigation into the mismanagement of reported incidents of sexual assault at James Cook University. Sign the petition today!
Hey Grill'd, You're Cooked!I work at a Grill'd store in Melbourne. It's company-owned, and they're STILL using traineeships to commit wage theft. They sign up young workers to complete hospitality certificates, but prevent them from completing their qualifications by refusing to schedule training sessions. This strategy is a scam. It rips us off, denying us fair pay and the training we're promised. Grill'd have shown time and time again they will do whatever it takes to make a profit from exploiting workers. This strategy means no qualification, no bonus, no career progression - it's a scam. It's not the first time Grill'd have been caught out ripping off young workers. A year ago they were exposed by workers for using WorkChoices era collective agreements to commit wage theft. Since then, Grill'd have been grilled (pun intended) by the media and instituted a new collective agreement. Problem solved, right? Wrong. Grill'd reckon they're "good for the community" - they should start acting like it.
Give Our Youth a Better FutureYouth unemployment is on the rise all around the country, with one in eight youngsters in NSW currently jobless. In the Shoalhaven, like many places around Australia, industries are disappearing, leaving locals with little to no jobs. And now with the decimation of TAFE colleges in NSW the prospect of a bright future for our children is eroding before our eyes. Our world class TAFE system provides an important pathway to skills and employment but government cuts mean our ability to gain the skills needed in today’s workforce are being ripped away. Couple this with the prospect of 100k degrees and what chance do the next generation have? Education should be a right. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that it is accessible to everyone. With the looming influx of overseas workers brought on by the new ChAFTA agreement we are staring down the barrel of a youth unemployment crisis. Now is the time to act.
Don't let Alcoa sink Aussie Seafaring40 Victorian families have been let down by the Federal Government. The product carried by the MV Portland between Portland, Victoria and Kwinana, Western Australia is: - Mined in Australia - Refined in Australia - Transported exclusively in Australia This is AUSTRALIAN COASTAL TRADE pure and simple. If these jobs aren't safeguarded, what job in Australia is safe? We need to back in our people and our skills, and ensure companies that profit from Australian wealth also support Aussie communities and people.
Gender balance on our boards!Women’s representation on government boards is starting to slide again. The Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015 requires Government boards to comprise of at least 40 per cent men and 40 per cent women, and provides for annual reporting requirements in relation to the gender composition of Government boards. Aspirational targets are not enough. What we need is a positive obligation that will apply to each appointment to a Government board; this Bill provides this. The public sector, in serving the interests of the Australian community, demands that public sector boardrooms reflect the gender diversity of our community. The government must also provide leadership to the private sector in this area, where gender diversity among company directors and key executive management personnel remains poor. Value women. Pass the Bill now.