• Protect mental health for paramedics
    Paramedics play a vital role in our community, helping Victorians when they are most in need. But it's challenging work, with paramedics suffering high levels of burnout, occupational violence, and exhaustion - physical, mental and emotional. Exposure to trauma is an unavoidable feature of the job, and increases the prevalence of a number of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. Paramedics and the AEAV are speaking up about needing the support of the community to win protections for psychological health in the workplace.
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    Created by Ambulance Employees Australia - Victoria
  • Subway Australia: Pay workers ripped off by franchisees
    'The Age' has revealed that Subway franchises are subject to a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation due to systemic underpayment of employees. https://www.theage.com.au/business/small-business/subway-under-investigation-by-fair-work-over-staff-underpayment-20190809-p52flv.html Subway Australia have claimed that it is the responsibility of franchisees to ensure that employees are being paid correctly however 'the Age' has revealed that Subway Australia's inspections of franchises has been lax. One former employee alleged that "They [Subway head office] do inspections once a month and everything in the store is immaculate because you know Subway head office is coming but they don't ask to look at a payslip, they don't care about anything else." Subway Australia need to pay up and give workers their fair share. Wage theft is stealing from your workers.
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    Created by Nick Haughain
  • Restore Unemployed Workers' Rights of Appeal!
    During the 2015-16 financial year, 50% of penalties imposed on unemployed workers have been overturned by Centrelink upon appeal. This adds up to roughly 1 million unfair penalties being dished out to unemployed workers every year by privately owned agencies. In any other area of government policy, a 50% error rate would be a crisis. Rather than addressing this crisis, Minister Cash decided to strip unemployed workers of their right to appeal. Now, she using the high rate of penalties to justify further punishment of unemployed workers. This unfair compliance regime has had a catastrophic impact on the lives of unemployed workers. As reported by the New Daily, this punitive policy is driving people into poverty, homelessness, mental health issues and even suicide. Kristian Clancy, 32, was cut off his Newstart payment for not attending a employment service provider appointment despite informing his agency he had a shift that day. Melissa Fisher, 37, was cut off her Newstart due to her employment service provider mistakenly reporting she did not attend an appointment. Zeya Raymond* (name changed) was incorrectly cut of by her employment service provider which led to her contemplating suicide. These are only a few of the hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers being unfairly cut off by their privately owned employment service provider. By stripping unemployed workers of their right to appeal unfair penalties and denying them a right to a reasonable excuse, the Coalition is creating a segregated society. Unemployed Australians – people who have ended up unemployed due to no fault of their own – are being branded as second-class citizens. If an unemployed worker faces an abusive employment service provider, there is nothing they can do. They have nowhere to turn. We know the employment services system is broken. In 2018-19, job agencies imposed 2.3 million penalties on unemployed workers - a seven times increase since 2010. Why is the Coalition giving job agencies more powers to punish unemployed workers? Join the AUWU's struggle for dignity. Sign the petition. New Daily Article: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/08/07/newstart-unfair-suspensions/ Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/08/more-than-120000-people-whose-welfare-was-suspended-were-not-at-fault-data-shows?fbclid=IwAR2-lmi6UIcFmjD4X9CAFGQYAgekL_JuwbMGWEo_neWMp0DgFgg6U7Annsw
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    Created by Australian Unemployed Workers Union
  • Pay superannuation to staff at Gumnut early learning in Lithgow
    Workers employed at Gumnut in Lithgow are gravely concerned about their workplace entitlements as ECEC Management has not been paying superannuation for up to a year for some workers. Workers at Gumnut are asking for their basic employment entitlements to be met. Will you sign?
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    Created by Big Steps
  • Coles and Woolworths must end labour exploitation on their farms
    The majority of Australians do their grocery shopping at Coles or Woolworths. Yet the farm workers who feed us, who pick and pack the fruit and vegetables we all eat, are enduring wage theft and exploitation on Australian farms. Two thirds of surveyed workers reported earning below minimum wage, sometimes as low as $4.80 per hour. Cash contractors act as controlling mediators between farms and workers, often resulting in stolen wages, no superannuation, sexual harassment, bullying and harassment. Coles and Woolworths must not continue to profit from this exploitation. Add your voice to stand with farm workers today!
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    Created by National Union of Workers Picture
  • Deliveroo: Raise the Rate
    Our hours, daily and weekly earnings are lower than they've ever been before, even though we've been doing the same job the whole time. Riders used to be paid $18.50 an hour and now we're not paid an hourly rate at all. Deliveries can be as low as $6 or less, despite Deliveroo promising they wouldn't go below $8 per delivery. There's no transparency and no ability to say no to changes in our wages. We just notice it going down through the app. We work in the cold conditions during winter. We work really hard for peanuts. Seeing our wages go down and down is gut-wrenching. We can't depend on these wages. We are demanding Deliveroo raise our rates of pay and lock them in. Deliveroo workers need security and a living wage. Aditya, PK and Radhesh
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    Created by Aditya, PK and Radhesh
  • It’s time for a specialist Allied Health Professional Agreement
    South Australia is the only state without a specialist Enterprise Agreement for Allied Health Professionals. Other health professionals, including Nurses, Midwives, and Salaried Medical Officers have their own EA - AHPs now want their own specialist EA to recognise and respect the specialist work they do in keeping South Australians in good health.
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    Created by Farrah Shaikh Picture
  • No pay cuts or insecure work at Richmond Fellowship
    So-called not-for-profit community services provider, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT), has launched an unprecedented attack on its workforce, establishing a shell company named Richmond Futures and using it to offer staff our own jobs back with reduced pay and loss of permanency. We love our jobs and we want to continue working with the clients we've supported for years - but if we want to stay on, we'll have to take a pay cut and move to a fixed term contract. We're faced with a choice between losing $150 a week and all job security or losing our jobs altogether. RFT has operated for over 30 years supporting people facing mental health challenges and social disadvantage. It has provided the community with excellent services for people in need, but in recent years it has seemingly abandoned the values the organisation was built on. Community services organisations should be demonstrating their values and leading by example – not harming their own workers.
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    Created by Richmond Fellowship worker
  • Fire George Calombaris from MasterChef
    George Calombaris is held up as an industry leader, yet he is not the leader the hospitality industry wants or needs. Aside from stealing millions of dollars from hospo workers, he’s been charged with assault. He’s been given enough chances, now it’s time for him to go. Wage theft is rife throughout the hospitality industry. Celebrity chefs like George Calombaris have gotten rich by stealing from their hard-working employees. This issue has stayed in focus for one reason and one reason alone. Because of the relentless agitation and campaigning by Hospo Voice members about wage theft by George and countless other hospitality employers. The hospitality industry is changing, workers will no longer put up with excuses, we want real action on wage theft. How can we expect the industry to improve if we continue to honour celebrity wage thieves. Ten network; it’s George’s turn to face elimination.
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    Created by Orlaith Belfrage, Hospo Voice member
  • #WhatThePho? Wages stolen and staff sacked via WhatsApp at Hochi Mama
    Hochi Mama is a Vietnamese restaurant at the top of Melbourne’s Chinatown. It’s also Melbourne’s number one Asian restaurant on the venue rating site, TripAdvisor. I worked there as a bartender. And I was on a flat rate of $20 per hour, no penalty rates. In just four months I had over $3000 (including super) stolen from me. Often, we felt we were treated like dirt. Hochi Mama had a staff WhatsApp group where we got our rosters, we swapped shifts and management would give us instructions about our jobs. This was also how workers found out they’d been fired, by seeing we’d been deleted from the staff WhatsApp group. It happened to me. It happened to lots of other staff. In front of everyone. Most bosses have the decency to actually TELL you that you'd been fired. Not these guys. And it left everyone feeling afraid and wondering: who’s next? Migrant kitchen staff were treated even worse. They worked double shifts of 13-14 hours for a flat rate of $70 or $100, in cash. I even saw them sleeping on milk crates out the back of the restaurant between shifts. It’s not okay for any worker to be treated like this, particularly in a wealthy country like ours. All over this industry, we see migrant workers treated like an underclass. It’s just wrong. We need to stand together and demand fairness and respect for ALL hospo workers. That’s the only way anything is ever going to change.
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    Created by Alex Pugh, Hospo Voice member
  • Defend Beth
    Penguin Random House is the first book publisher in Australia to unionise. Staff are currently in negotiations with management for a collective agreement, the first union-led EBA for the book industry. Beth, along with other MEAA members at Penguin Random House, has been tireless in her efforts: signing up colleagues, advocating via workshops and op-ed articles*, and bargaining with a managerial team unaccustomed to union structures or industrial law. MEAA wants to make sure our publishing delegates know not only that they are protected by their union and industrial legislation, but that they have the support of Australian workers as they blaze a trail in this industry. MEAA will be challenging Beth's first and final warning in the Fair Work Commission. In the meantime, we want to send a message to Penguin Random House management and show that workers in the book industry and beyond support Beth's rights as a union delegate and worker. *www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/29/the-book-industry-isnt-dead-thats-just-an-excuse-to-keep-salaries-low
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    Created by MEAA- Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Picture
  • Give Us A Break - Portable Long Service Leave for Community Sector Workers
    Community sector workers need a break. We work with women escaping domestic violence, with people in mental distress and with people sleeping rough among many other important services. Insecure work and short term government funding means we often move from job to job losing our long service leave entitlements which pushes workers to burn out and leave the sector. Together in our union, we're campaigning for a portable long service leave system so that we get the break we deserve and we can keep supporting our community. Join the Australian Services Union and join our campaign for portable long service leave for community sector workers in South Australia!
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    Created by Daniel Spencer
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