• We Demand Action for Aged Care
    Only through a substantial increase in funding with expenditure transparency measures, mandated minimum staffing levels across a mix of skills, and improved wages and conditions of the workforce, can the aged care sector provide the high-quality care that older Australians deserve. The Government can no longer afford its inaction. Join us to demand Action on Aged Care.
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  • Reverse the music course cuts at Monash University
    Ethnomusicology and Musicology are core discipline areas that teach students wide ranging skills to think critically and deeply about the nature and sustainability of music, music industries, and music cultures from across the globe. The University's decision has been made without disciplinary consultation and is, we understand, grounded in inaccurate enrolment data. Ethnomusicology and musicology courses are viable. Abolishing them would not only be likely of no positive economic benefit, it would significantly diminish the School of Music's capacity to offer its students a comprehensive academic foundation, as well as diminish the academic standing of the University as a whole.
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  • Stop endorsing dodgy restaurants
    Many restauranteurs consider any bad PR from being caught exploiting staff to be a cost of doing business which is soon forgotten by the public. Having a good write up in The Age Good Food Guide is a huge boost for a restaurant. For too long this publication has abdicated its social responsibility by ignoring ethical considerations and workers rights when reviewing restaurants. Having this publication exclude the dodgy operators would be a game changer in the industry as no restauranteur would want to lose a potential favourable review.
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  • Student Safety over University Reputation
    We need to show that their action is not okay, that their continual prioritisation of reputation is not okay, sign our petition to show your support! Support Resources: Centre Against Sexual Assault House http://www.casahouse.com.au/ Phone 24 Hour hotline: 03 9635 3610 1800 Respect: https://www.1800respect.org.au/ Phone: 1800 737 732, Interpreter: 13 14 50 UMSU Sexual Harm and Response Coordinator; Dr. Patrick Tidmarsh: patrick.tidmarsh@union.unimelb.edu.au Unimelb Safer Communities: https://safercommunity.unimelb.edu.au/ Phone: 9035 8675 Additionally, UMSU has made up the following webpage which has some similar resources but is catered for students facing relationship violence during the lockdown: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/support/covid-resources/positive-relationships-and-safety-at-home/
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  • Pledge to Deakin casuals
    Re-employing, recognising, and providing Deakin casuals ongoing access to University systems is essential for ensuring that Deakin is strongly positioned in 2021 and beyond, to educate the new influx of domestic students, carry out research, and build community connections in a post-Covid environment. Before Covid, around 6000 sessional academics, casual professional, casual research and fixed term staff were employed by Deakin, carrying out the bulk of teaching, student support and research assistance. Following Covid, the jobs of approximately 2500 insecure workers were cut. The mass job losses sustained by Deakin casualised staff haven’t, however, been mentioned in the University’s official figures of job cuts, and the way in which the employment of casuals and sessional staff was terminated at the Faculty-level, as part of Deakin’s response to Covid-19, has for the most part been demeaning and disrespectful. In some Faculties, casual professional staff were informed in a proforma email by their line manager that they had been laid off, while in other Faculties casualised staff members only found out they had lost their job when they received an email from E-solutions advising that their email account would be closed down in seven days. This brutal treatment of Deakin casualised staff is incredibly short-sighted because casuals will play an important part in supporting the University’s vital role of rebuilding Australian society and the economy post-Covid-19. Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin himself has acknowledged the important role of Deakin casuals in a letter to staff on 18 June: “Deakin recognises the important contribution of our sessional academic staff … I am sure that when student demand increases, Faculties will be keen to re-employ those sessional staff who have previously been employed by Deakin and know the way our systems and processes operate.” Professor Martin indicated on 28 April that the University can give preference to any non-ongoing staff who were cut during the COVID-19 pandemic, when engaging staff for these roles in the future, in a meeting with NTEU Deakin Branch representatives. Please join with us by signing this petition calling on Professor Martin to take the ‘Deakin Casuals Pledge’ to ensure casuals are re-employed, casual staff’s contributions are recognised, and casuals are provided ongoing access to Deakin systems!
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  • Parkdale Library needs a new playground
    The Petition of citizens and residents in the City of Kingston draws to the attention of the Kingston City Council that: 1. The Parkdale community between Como Pde East and Nepean Hwy do not have a local playground and our young families must travel via car to go to the nearest playground. 2. That the land adjoining Parkdale Library would be suitable, due to its proximity to local families, the library, train station and local shopping strips. 3. We acknowledge that the City of Kingston already owns the land next to the Library and currently has no plans for this space to benefit our local community.
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  • Social security must be above the poverty line
    Please join us by signing this petition to remind federal MPs that our voices matter and our votes count. According to ABS statistics, as of December 2019 Australia’s total population was 25,522,169 people – as of July 2020, 5,854,105 were in receipt of a social security payment (2,556,017 age pensioners; 1,614,412 unemployed; 1,048,453 disabled people and carers; 335,455 parents; 299,768 students and trainees). As of 2020 the base rates of all social security payments are below the poverty line, leading to personal hardship, deprivation and homelessness, as well as having a negative impact upon the economy. Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties, including article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),9 yet is failing to ensure its citizens have the means to access essential health care, housing and food. To find out more information about what the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union is all about or to become a member visit auwu.org.au
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  • Tas Prison Trainers need your support!
    Tasmanian’s count on Correctional Officers to maintain safety and security of all people who work or are held in Tasmanian prisons. TPS have been running understaffed since 2017 resulting in extended lockdowns. This means staff get burnt out, and inmates have to stay in their cells almost all day. TPS desperately needs to attract and retain trained and experienced staff. The TPS training rooms are currently being used as office space due to Covid emergency measures. Tasmania is now fortunate to be Covid free and easing restrictions means more people can gather and there is no immediate risk of a Covid outbreak in the Prison. There are currently 40 successful CO recruits waiting to start, but TPS are postponing 20 of them because the offsite replacement facilities can only accommodate 24 people. This delays the graduation of desperately needed staff and impacts their training. TPS are not applying the Public Health Act Direction 16 from Mr Veitch correctly. This decision undermines the quality of Tasmania’s Prison Service and the standard of care, dignity and rehabilitation available to each prisoner.
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  • Save Ringwood Heritage Building
    The Blood Brothers building on the corner of Bedford and Warrandyte Roads is a local landmark. It was built in 1914 and is significant as an example of Edwardian corner shop architecture. Maroondah council wants to knock it down to build a multistorey carpark. Commuters want more carparking, but a significant heritage building should not be bulldozed to provide it. Council should be building this on current carpark sites at Ringwood Station.
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  • No more waitlist for home care!
    We want to live in a country where everyone has the care they need, when and where they need it, and where care work is valued. 28,000 people have died in the past 2 years while waiting for home care packages. Over 100,000 people are STILL waiting for care. The interim report from the Royal Commission labelled the home care system unfair, discriminatory, and cruel. And home care workers struggle daily - their wages are low, they aren't given enough time to provide care, and they're being pressured onto zero-hour contracts while making themselves available around the clock. As care workers, recipients of care, friends and family, we want better than this!
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  • Save Jobs at Opera Australia
    We need urgent financial assistance to the company and the intervention of the Minister to ensure the company maintains its responsibility as the producer of world class opera in Australia. The company is in receipt of JobKeeper wage subsidies for all employees and is in regular receipt of Government funding. It is an unnecessary and unconscionable step to cut staff.
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  • Cancel VCE Exams and ATAR Scores- Fully Fund Universities to Expand Access
    Teachers, students and parents across Victoria are facing stress, anxiety and inequality as the VCE exams approach. We call on the Ministers of Education to take these urgent measures to alleviate the stress, reduce the impossible pressure on teachers, and create pathways to tertiary education for Year 12 students. These measures are urgent given; *ongoing disruption to learning caused by the pandemic and the likely continuation of this into the new year; *inequality of educational opportunity that the COVID pandemic has only compounded; *increasingly short-time frame for any kind of alternative assessment; *anxiety and uncertainty for school leavers as they face extremely competitive youth labour market and drastic cuts in the higher education sector; *uncertain workload implications for teachers of individual special consideration applications.
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