• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Make Space for Headspace
    Grievance The Petition of residents to the City of Kingston draws to the attention of the of Kingston Council that: 1. Headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support. 2. Headspace is a fantastic service which caters to young people who might be experiencing mental health challenges 3. That Kingston Council does not have a Headspace facility to serve the bayside area of the municipality and travel to the closest facilities in Frankston, Dandenong and Moorabbin could prove difficult for young people seeking help. 4. That the Mordialloc Youth Hub or surrounding locations would be suitable due to its proximity to a multitude of primary and secondary schools, local sporting clubs and its accessibility via public transport. 5. The impacts of Covid-19, online learning and social isolation has disproportionately affected young people’s mental health. 6. Council should be working with their federal counterparts for vital services that will benefit the community, and should play a leading role in their delivery. Authorised by: Declan Dubout, 25 Davey Street, Parkdale, 3195
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  • Stop Modern Slavery in South Australia
    Stop Modern Slavery SA is a campaign started with the goal to shine a light on the exploitative practices occurring currently in South Australia. Modern slavery is very much a reality in our world today, including here in South Australia. However, these practices remain largely hidden. The International Labour Organization estimates there are over 40 million people trapped in situations of slavery worldwide. Australia is no exception. No more is slavery a picture of someone in chains. It is much more complex and much more hidden but just as prevalent, if not more with an estimate of one in 200 people being enslaved. In South Australia there is evidence that modern slavery can take many forms including: • Forced Marriage - Forcing, coercing or tricking someone to marry another person, against their will and without their consent. Victims of forced marriage are often under 18. • Partner Visa Holder Servitude - After entering into a legitimate marriage and arriving in Australia, victims are forced or coerced into domestic, commercial and/or sexual servitude. In these cases, the person is deprived of their freedom and is forced to perform services with no pay and in exploitative working conditions. • Labour Exploitation and Forced Labour - People are forced to work in exploitative working conditions (long hours without breaks, in extreme heat or cold), are paid well below minimum wage (wage theft), sometimes not at all and are, at times, physically and/or sexually abused. Exorbitant debts are sometimes created for the victim to have to repay before they are free to cease working. The most common industries for forced labour/labour exploitation in South Australia are agriculture/horticulture, food and entertaining and cleaning. • Domestic and Commercial Sexual Exploitation - Where someone is forced to perform sex work/sexual services against their consent. Many people living in South Australia would not realise there are women and men, and children as young as 14 years old trapped in slavery and slavery-like conditions in metropolitan Adelaide and rural South Australia. It has recently been exposed that these practices are a reality here. Many of us would be appalled to realise this is happening all around us. Victims are alone, isolated and living in fear of violence or repercussions if they try to leave these conditions. Within the cycle of modern slavery, victims can go on to continue the exploitation of others. We need to act today to understand who are forcing or coercing people to stay in exploitative conditions, who are encouraging these practices and to get victims the help they need to stop the cycle from continuing and leading to more people to become trapped in modern slavery. #stopslaverySA
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  • Take Action For Working Women
    As we deal with this ongoing pandemic, we must ensure that women are not unfairly burdened with the impact of the crisis and are recognised as integral to our planning for recovery. Throughout the pandemic women have been unfairly burdened by its impacts. Women: * are on the front line and doing the vital work that sustains our community * are working their paid job and doing the additional work of caring for kids at home and assisting remote learning * have disproportionately had their jobs cut as female dominated sectors like hospitality and retail shut down and lay off workers * have lost or have no income because they are excluded from JobKeeper * are experiencing family violence in lockdown where their home may also now be their place of paid work. We're calling on the Morrison government and the National Cabinet to urgently take action for working women. Women need time to care for themselves and others, to be financially supported, to be safe at work and to be an integral part of the recovery plan. Sign the petition if you agree!
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  • Tell your Centre to pay your child’s educators!
    Many educators are now facing lockdown with no savings, no access to JobKeeper, and no Government support to fall back on. Victorian educators are asking for the support of parents like you to ask Centres to pass on Government funding as wages, as it was intended. Early childhood educators who educate and care for your children NEED YOUR SUPPORT. SIGN THE PETITION to ask YOUR local centre to pass on the Federal Government’s tax-payer funded relief to workers by maintaining their wages! Sincerely, Early Childhood Educators across Melbourne
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  • Support LGBTIQ+ kids, stop Mark Latham's Bill!
    Mark Latham's Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 is a dangerous attack to LGBTIQ+ kids and staff. If passed, the Bill will: -prohibit trans and gender diverse content being taught in health and physical education classes. - prohibit teachers from mentioning the existence of LGBTI+ characters, people or events in other subjects like English or History. - prohibit counsellors from giving advice to students on the subject of gender fluidity. - force teachers to refuse to call students by their preferred pronouns. - teachers who do not comply could lose their accreditation and their jobs. - allow parents and guardians to remove their child from any course that mentions sexuality. - force schools to consult with parents and guardians at the start of each year about any course which mentions sexuality (and change the courses accordingly). - legitimise the stigmatization of intersex students. This Bill goes further even than the Religious Discrimination Bill that the Morrison government has waiting in the shadows - which itself would legalise discrimination towards LGBTI+ people in Australia. Latham's Bill goes further as a calculated attempt to erase the very existence of LGBTI+ people and force kids and staff back into the closet. Please share this petition to keep up the fight!
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  • Extend the COVID19 Eviction Moratorium
    Thousands of us are still being stalled in negotiating a rent reduction, and are facing eviction in coming weeks. At the end of September the much needed Jobseeker and JobKeeper payments will be slashed. At the same time, the COVID19 Omnibus eviction moratorium is set to end. For those of us who were already struggling to stay afloat we will be expected to live on $3 a week. While we’re expected to stay home, we need to make sure we have a secure home to stay in. The COVID19 pandemic demands long term solutions. Deferring the problem only exacerbates the crisis. Time is running out. #ExtendTheMoratorium #RentReliefNow #Nooneleftbehind
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    Created by Renters And Housing Union VIC
  • Fully suspend 'mutual' obligations for people on Centrelink payments
    In the middle of a global pandemic and an economic crisis that's only getting worse the government is misleading people on Centrelink payments about pointless and punitive 'mutual' obligations activities. It's not safe. Right now there are no penalties in place for refusing to do most mutual obligations, however people can be forced into a job they don't want and the government has given job agencies license to bully, harass and lie to people. This has made many JobSeekers confused and distressed, and many are doing activities against their will when they don't have to. We have called a strike to protest this behaviour. Go here for more information about your right not to do 'mutual' obligations right now: https://auwu.substack.com/p/how-to-participate-in-the-auwu-mostrike
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  • Introduction of Policy to address Online Bullying and Harassment
    Regardless of whether or not the bullying or harassment occurs on campus or online, university policy should have the ability to deal with the matter. The pandemic has driven the shift towards online learning and we need to ensure that students feel comfortable on the online sphere more than ever!
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