• We Need Safe Apprenticeships
    A good apprenticeship provides all the tools you need to get started in a trade, setting you on the path to a rewarding career. But these days, some apprenticeships can be like the Wild West, with cowboy operators not properly training us, leaving us unsupervised, stealing our wages or - worst of all - putting our lives at risk by forcing us to do unsafe work. I went through a lot of this during my apprenticeship. I was excited to start my Boilermaker apprenticeship. I said to everyone; I want to fabricate things, forge things and it's going to be really cool. But during my apprenticeship I'd be working inside these barrels, no ventilation, no extraction fans, nothing. I'd have a p95 mask and I'd be in there for four hours, but within an hour the thing would be black and you couldn't breathe through it. I'd ask the boss for a new one and he would ask why I'd needed a new one. Often there was no one supervising me and the boss wouldn't release me and the other apprentices so we could go to Tafe. Unfortunately, my story isn't unique. It's become so bad that less than half of Victorian apprentices ever finish their training. This has to stop. Sign my petition to call on the Victorian Government to create a license system and regulatory body to protect apprentices like me.
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    Created by Jae Wassell, former apprentice
  • Zero Tolerance for Zero Action
    We demand the University take action to develop a university-wide action plan that is victim centred and trauma informed: 1. Create a stand-alone sexual assault and harassment policy (including stalking and relationship violence), that is mandated across all UoM departments and affiliates, including residential colleges. This policy should be developed in conjunction with those with lived experience and subject matter experts. It should focus on reporting as a process, rather than a singular decision. 2. Move all reporting and therapeutic services, including anonymous reporting, away from University administrative premises into a stand-alone ‘Health and Wellbeing Centre’. All reporting and therapeutic services should reflect the diversity of the University community. 3. Publish clear guidelines, in multiple languages, about reporting, complaint, investigation, and adjudication processes. 4. Publish clear information about the breadth and diversity of sexual and relationship harms, to promote reporting from as many groups and communities within UoM as possible. 5. Publish annual figures (appropriately anonymised) for reporting, complaint, and adjudication, to promote transparency in decision-making and development of a genuine ‘zero tolerance’ approach. 6. Develop an independent investigative process, including appropriately trained staff, available to all departments and affiliates of UoM. 7. Maintain one investigative process for all complaints, whether student or staff. This should include all graduate students and those on placement with external agencies. 8. Develop alternative justice and resolution processes, with appropriately trained and supported staff, made available across UoM and affiliates. 9. Develop appropriate educational resources, alongside students, to define UoM culture and expectations, and assist students in developing positive relationships. 10. Develop a liaison committee, including representatives from key community agencies and services.
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    Created by UMSU Inc Picture
  • Scott Morrison: Apologise to Australian Women
    While Scott Morrison thinks it's an achievement for women to not be shot while protesting, women do not feel safe on the streets. Women do not feel safe in their homes. Women do not feel safe in their workplaces. And the terrible thing is – Scott Morrison knows what he needs to do. He has had the Respect@Work report on his desk for 12 months. We need him to immediately implement the recommendations and to make ending sexual harassment in the workplace a national priority.  There is so much that needs to be done to make women in Australia feel safe, but Scott Morrison and the Liberals have repeatedly shown that they do not care about women. He's refused to stand down Christian Porter despite recent allegations. He has failed to support women throughout the pandemic. And now he's saying we should think ourselves lucky that we were not met with bullets in the street.  I am furious and so are women all across Australia. Sign this petition today to tell Scott Morrison that we've had enough!
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    Created by Wil Stracke, Trades Hall
  • Don’t Close the Door – Save Homelessness Services!
    In the last year 290,500 Australians sought help from specialist homelessness services. These critical services support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including vulnerable groups such as women and children escaping domestic and family violence. If the Federal Government goes ahead with this $50m cut, critical services will be closed and jobs lost across Australia. Homelessness services were not meeting demand pre COVID-19 and are now under extreme pressure due to the impact of COVID-19 and economic recession. To rebuild out of this crisis and be able to support our most vulnerable Australians we cannot afford to lose hundreds of critical frontline homelessness workers. We call on the Morrison Government to ensure it continues and indexes its existing level of funding for these critical community services so workers are paid properly and able to continue to focus on supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Don’t close the door on homelessness services!
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    Created by Australian Services Union Picture
  • Save Yarra Ranges Aged Care
    Council-run home care enables those in need to live independently at home for as long possible. Being able to retain a sense of independence is so important for mental and emotional health. Our ageing relatives, friends and neighbours deserve to retain the quality care they get from our highly trained Council workers
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    Created by Michelle Jackson
  • Survivors and Allies demand justice for gendered violence in workplaces including Parliament
    Decision makers and elected people in positions of power who make laws should not be perpetrators of gendered violence, should not cover up violence or harbour perpetrators or abuse their power without consequence. Survivors and allies March 4 Justice on 15th March 2021 to deliver our petition to Women Members of Parliament, calling on the Prime Minister to act against gendered violence in Parliament and all work places. Ending gendered violence in Australia – changing harmful attitudes and behaviours and stopping violent acts - must start at the very top.
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    Created by Women's March 4 Justice
  • End The Silence On Sexual Violence
    Rape culture in parliament threatens our involvement in the political process. Parliament, in its current state, lacks representation of oppressed gender groups. First Nations women, trans and gender diverse people are particularly underrepresented in our legal system. The endemic sexual abuse that is perpetrated in parliament threatens the paltry representation that oppressed gender groups have ascertained thusfar and makes it difficult for those marginalised groups to speak up against gendered violence and support victim surviours for fear of receiving their own workplace bullying, relocation or loss of livelihood. For too long we have worked within the system and compromised with the state on our bodily autonomy, our rights and our safety. We say enough. It’s time to End the Silence on Sexual Violence.
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    Created by Leah Ward
  • Goodstart employees deserve a fair deal!
    The offer proposed by Goodstart mangaement reps does not value all our work fairly. During this COVID crisis, at Goodstart we have all been working together, going above and beyond to keep centres open, safe, viable and continuing to provide high quality education and care. Julia, we have heard your words of thanks and recognition for our commitment to children and families throughout 2020. We urge you now to put that recognition into improving our Enterprise Agreement in 2021. We call on you to respect all Goodstart staff with a fair offer. Sincerely, United Workers Union bargaining team on behalf of all Goodstart educators and staff
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    Created by Big Steps Campaign Picture
  • SA educators demand pay certainty during SA lockdown!
    Educators are essential workers, and yet are some of the lowest paid in the country. Educators in SA cannot afford to lose pay for even a week. That's why SA educators are demanding their pay and jobs are guaranteed during the SA lockdown! Early education was the only sector specifically kicked off JobKeeper, and with no ongoing federal support, educators are left uncertain if they will be paid during the lockdown announced yesterday in South Australia. Thousands of educators are facing terrible uncertainty, with no indication how their jobs will be affected if restrictions continue. During its second wave lockdown, Victorian early childhood services were supported by a Federal Government relief and recovery package, with educators’ jobs and wages protected through an employment guarantee. SA educators call on Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan to immediately confirm federal assistance will be extended to all early childhood services and educators affected by the South Australian lockdown. SA educators need support NOW! Mira Ghamrawi SA Early Childhood Educator
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    Created by Big Steps Campaign Picture
  • HAIR STYLING APPRENTICES & OUR INDUSTRY DESERVES BETTER
    We all want a professional and highly skilled industry, and to achieve this we really need to fix the current funding model. Completion rates for hair styling apprenticeships are the lowest in any industry - just 30% of apprentices will complete their Cert 3. The current funding model provides significant subsidies for employers who take on apprentices - but only in the first 12 months of an apprenticeship. At a time when 140,000 apprentices have lost their jobs across Australia, the Government really should be supporting those apprentices who are still working, or who have just lost their position. The current subsidy provides no funding or support for them, and actually rewards employers who push them out, only to take on 'fresh blood'. Who are we? Hair Stylists Australia is Australia's only dedicated union servicing the hair and beauty industry. We represent hair stylists, barbers, apprentices, make-up artists, beauty therapists, and beauticians across the country. We're a small but dedicated team working to make the hair and beauty industry fair for everyone, by protecting penalty rates, campaigning for fair and equal wages + entitlements, and advocating for higher standards of training for apprentices, more respect at work, and safer workplaces
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    Created by Keenan Bass
  • Ratify ILO C190 Violence and Harassment Convention now!
    This Convention is ground-breaking for many reasons, including that it: • Protects against all forms of violence and harassment in the world of work, including during commuting to and from work, and through information and communications technologies; • Protects all individuals in the world of work, irrespective of their contractual status, including volunteers, trainees and apprentices, and casuals; • Recognises that family and domestic violence is a workplace issue and sets out specific measures that can be taken to protect workers; • Recognises that workers in some sectors, such as health, transport, education, retail and hospitality, or those working at night or in isolated areas, may be more exposed to violence and harassment and need special protections. Although violence and harassment in the workplace can be suffered by any worker, women are much more vulnerable to it and much more likely to experience it. These risks of violence and harassment have become more pronounced during the pandemic. Rates of domestic and family violence have spiked around the world in 2020, and large numbers of workers are being required to work from home, regardless of whether it’s a safe work environment for them. Please tell the Attorney-General and Minister for Women to urgently commit to ratify C 190 to make workplaces healthy, safe and respectful for all of us.
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    Created by Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union Picture
  • Support Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave
    Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave recognises men, women and gender diverse people have special health needs connected to their fertility and sexuality. Reproductive and sexual health care has traditionally been a taboo topic in the workplace, with members preferring to take time off without pay and struggle on without workplace support than directly address their health needs with an employer. From menstrual pain and discomfit to the need for surgical interventions like vasectomy or hysterectomy to assisted reproduction and gender transitioning therapies, Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave takes away the embarrassment for employees and employers making it clear that there is workplace support for the most personal health issues. Reproductive and Sexual Health Leave includes: flexible working arrangements- the right to work from home the right to a comfortable working environment to alleviate symptoms or facilitate treatment the right to access up to 5 days leave per year in addition to any personal leave days. Appropriate evidence (eg. Doctor's Certificate) may be required.
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    Created by HACSU (Health and Community Services Union)