• Care for the public sector doctors that care for our community
    Doctors have a duty to make patients their first concern. Providing the best patient care relies on having access to specialist trained doctors. Sadly, patient care continues to be compromised by the State Government’s position on doctors’ workloads, staffing and professional development. Amidst a backdrop of constant change, driven by politics rather than patient care, the Government now wants to cut pay and are refusing the security of a new work agreement for doctors. In the end, it’s the patients who suffer.
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  • Tougher Penalties for Workplace Deaths
    SA Unions represents more than 160,000 working South Australians and their families and they deserve to safely come home from work every day. South Australia's work health and safety laws need to be toughened to match criminal penalties. Under existing law, a person who has a duty of care that exposes someone to a risk of death or serious injury of illness faces five years jail and a $300,000 fine. This should be matched with existing criminal law to insert a new offence - Causing Death Through Recklessness or Negligence - with a 15-year maximum.
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  • Fair Pay for ANMF Nurses and Care Staff!
    We ask you to stand alongside our communities hardest workers by signing this petition demanding that Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) provide fair pay and conditions for their nursing and care staff! Aged care workers are faced with a number of tough working conditions on a daily basis; demanding overtime, inadequate staffing levels, and highly challenging emotional and physical conditions. Nurses and care staff look after some of the most vulnerable people in our community and are not being recognised for it! The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch are working alongside SCCT members in the hope of achieving a satisfactory agreement that values the work that staff do. On Wednesday 9 August ANMF members working at SCCT sites across Tasmania commenced industrial action against their employer. This action was not undertaken lightly, however, it was the only option left for them to pursue a fair and reasonable offer from their employer. “The current offer by SCCT is simply not good enough! It is completely unfair that Aged Care Staff with Certificate III qualifications are being paid seven cents an hour less than equivalent workers employed as hairdressers under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010. Meanwhile SCCT’s Annual Report for 2015-2016 reveals that the organisation is in a strong financial position and their cash position has improved considerably from the prior year, by $24 million,” said ANMF Branch Secretary Neroli Ellis. We need your help to make Southern Cross Care stand up and listen. Listen to their staff, their residents, and the community. Aged Care staff deserve better! ANMF will continue to fight for fair pay and conditions. Learn more about the campaign here: anmftas.org.au/scc
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  • Tell Peter Dutton to immediately reject INPEX's application to bring in foreign workers
    We’ve heard from over a hundred qualified, Australian oil and gas operators who would be ready to take these jobs at INPEX, even if they had to move across the country. If INPEX wants to extract and sell Australia's gas, it should be employing Australians to do so. Peter Dutton claims he is committed to sticking up for Australian jobs. Well, here's the test. Peter Dutton, announce you will reject INPEX's application to bring in foreign workers when there are Australians who want the jobs. Australian jobs must be offered to Australians first
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  • Release Report into WFTD Death
    By withholding this crucial information relating to the Work for the Dole tragedy, the Coalition is shamelessly trying to cover up Josh Park-Fing's death to protect the already damaged reputation of the Work for the Dole program. This is a national disgrace. Work for the Dole is dangerous - last year injuries sustained at Work for the Dole sites increased 5 times. According to a recent government commissioned report by Ernst and Young, 64% of Work For The Dole activities do not meet basic safety standards. The government cannot guarantee the safety of unemployed workers forced to attend Work for the Dole programs it must be shut down. Please sign this petition to demand Michaelia Cash release the report into Josh Park-Fing's death. The Turnbull government must take the necessary steps to investigate this program and ensure the safety of all Work for the Dole participants before another serious injury or death occurs at Work for the Dole.
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  • Save penalty rates in Geelong!
    Penalty rates help Geelong workers survive - yet the Chamber of Commerce thinks we deserve a pay cut. Everyday hard-working Australians deserve a pay rise - not to have their wages slashed. Workers in hospitality, retail and pharmacy are all having their penalty rates cut - and who will be next? Hairdressers? Nurses? Construction workers? Paramedics? Wage cuts are bad for business in Geelong. It's the workers who spend money at local business and keep our local economy strong. The Geelong Chamber of Commerce must come out in support of their local community. They must stand up to protect the pay of weekend workers. When workers don't do well, no one does well. This cut won't create jobs, it will just take money out of the Geelong economy, while locals struggle to make ends meet.
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  • Ouson – ditch Element 5/VCON before it’s too late!
    In the last two years, Element 5/VCON have had more than 124 visits from WorkSafe, 104 serious incidents and this year alone they have injured 4 workers to the point where they needed treatment in hospital. Tragically, a painter was killed on an Element 5/VCON site. This is a company that does not care about the health or safety of its employees. If we don’t take action, developers will continue to hire Element 5/VCON. This rogue builder should not be getting work in Victoria while it fails in its duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. It’s time to stand up for workplace health and safety and tell Ouson not to hire Element 5/VCON.
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  • Stop the Smear Campaign, Your Drivers Deserve Safety
    Last night while another driver was being assaulted, instead of trying to improve their safety, our Lord Mayor was heading a smear campaign against them, stooping so low he's even using school children as a political tool. Physical assaults against Brisbane Transport Bus Drivers are reported once a week, and there's a verbal assault reported every day. Countless more go unreported. Three weeks ago a driver was stabbed, and last October, one was brutally murdered. Our drivers have learned the hard way that Graham Quirk doesn't seem to care. It’s time for the Lord Mayor to stop insulting his drivers, to recognise their hard work, to stop belittling them for their very real fears for their safety at work. It's time for Mayor Quirk to work with Bus Drivers for everyone's safety. All they are want is safety and fair working conditions, things all Australians should have.
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  • We Won’t Wait
    In Australia a woman dies every week because of family and domestic violence. Some women were killed at work. Many of these women were employed. Most did not have access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave. Family and domestic violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness among women aged 15-44 years, greater than cancer or heart disease. And yet access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave is limited. Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave means a woman can access support services so she can leave. It means she can attend court, doctor's appointments, meet with real estate agents, change her children's school, all without the fear of losing her job. Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will save lives. The estimated cost of introducing a minimum 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards is just five cents per day per worker. The estimated cost of family and domestic violence to the economy is $12.6 billion per year. When 800,000 women in work have experienced sexual or family violence access to 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will make a real difference. The Federal Government must act.
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  • Pledge your support for job security at UTS
    Two thirds of Australian workers have a permanent job, but at UTS more than 75% of the university's 8000+ employees are either casual or on fixed-term contracts. This is strikingly similar to the employment profile of McDonald's and not what you might expect from "Australia's #1 young university". The decision by UTS management to employ the majority of people on insecure contracts is at odds with the university's public commitment to social justice, and has negative consequences for UTS staff, students and the university as a whole. Most striking is the fact that the face of teaching at UTS is now likely to be that of an insecure worker. The majority of teaching is performed by casual academics facing some of the highest student-staff ratios in NSW, who have no access to paid leave, no permanent office for research or student consultation, who receive 9.5% superannuation when their permanent teaching colleagues receive 17%, who aren't contracted to consult sufficiently with students, and who have no security of employment from semester to semester. Many are forced to work at multiple universities to make ends meet. Having the vast majority of staff in insecure jobs means thousands of UTS workers are treated as second class employees who face material challenges such as not being able to plan for their future, having difficulty getting a home loan, and having no access to annual leave, sick leave or parental leave. Shamefully, many casual and fixed-term staff have been working in the same jobs for several years - jobs that are clearly ongoing. Through such practices, UTS management are preventing staff from fully participating in University life - which is entirely counterproductive to achieving the university's goal of becoming a world-class university of technology. There is obviously a need at times for short-term casual and fixed-term employment arrangements, but UTS's reliance on such forms of employment is exploitative. A public institution receiving hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars every year is surely obligated to invest in secure jobs and treat staff with respect. Staff deserve better. Students deserve better. You deserve better.
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  • Stop the Victorian Government from selling our Land Titles Office
    More than 400 people work at the titles office and they take their jobs seriously. Their dedication and attention to detail gives Victorians peace of mind when it comes to their homes. The titles office created $300 million in revenue last year. That's $300 million that was returned to the public to fund schools, hospitals, roads, and other highly valued public services. What's worse, we know privatisation doesn't work. Victoria has a history of privatising public assets only to see costs increase and service quality decline. Just look at the cost of electricity now, our muddled public transport system, not to mention traffic cameras, and prisons run for profit. If the titles office is sold to a private company it will affect everyone from first-home-owners to property developers. Fees are predicted to quadruple as seen recently in Canada, and costly title insurance will be a likely requirement for all homeowners, any revenue made from the titles office will go straight into the pockets of private company shareholders. Buying property in Victoria is hard enough. Why does the Government want to make it harder? We must stop the selling of this valuable public asset. Because once it's gone, it's gone for good.
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  • End Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) rosters longer than 3 weeks in Construction
    The rising death toll along with the ever increasing suicide rate on these jobs, continues to spiral out of control. We should be pushing for more family friendly rosters, as the toll on both workers and family's is well beyond the financial reward now being offered.
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