• Tell Kevin Hogan MP to save our penalty rates
    There are hundreds, if not thousands of local families that will suffer because of the decision to slash Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. People across the North Coast and Northern Rivers are demanding action. In fact, A survey by ReachTel found that 66.4% of voters in the seats of Page, Dawson and Corangamite think their local MP should support changes to the law to protect penalty rates.
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  • Star Casino Sydney - Protect our penalty rates!
    I'm a single mum - working the unusual hours that I do means I miss out on precious time with my kids. Penalty rates help to compensate me for the sacrifices I make. My story isn't unusual - every team member at the Star has missed out on friends' weddings, parents' birthdays, or tucking their kid in at night because of the hours we work. There's no doubt we deserve our penalty rates - so please sign to help show the Star Sydney that we want them protected in our upcoming EA!
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  • Weekend workers don't deserve a pay cut - protect our penalty rates
    As a hospitality worker, I work when most people are enjoying time off with family and friends. My weekend penalty rates make up for this. And they put food on my table and a roof over my head. Retail, fast food and hospitality workers are already some of the lowest paid people in Australia. We cannot afford this cut to our wages. Tell the Prime Minister, Australian workers deserve a pay rise, not a pay cut. He needs to act now to protect our pay.
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  • Women unite! Fight back against the Liberals!
    Women at university are worse off under a Liberal government. Health The Liberal Government has scrapped bulk-billing incentives for pathology services and diagnostic imaging. This means that women may have to pay up-front $30 for a Pap smear, blood or urine test, and from January 2017 as much as $173 for x-ray or ultrasound imaging. Women regularly rely upon these tests for the prevention or early detection of pregnancy, obstetric complications, cancers, STIs and UTIs The Liberal Government freeze on indexation of the rebate for GP consultations under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) until 2020 has already seen hundreds of practitioners around the country cease to offer bulk billing as they are forced to transfer increased costs onto patients. Most women students can not afford these increased costs of healthcare, and are forced to forgo necessary doctors visits, diagnostic testing and treatment. This poses critical risks for women’s health. Without early diagnosis and treatment, risk of poorer prognosis is high and the burden of disease, personal and financial costs on patients are increased. Education- cuts to funding The 2016-2017 budget revealed that Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals want to decrease funding to tertiary institutions by 20% as well as lower the tax repayment threshold by 10%. It was also strongly indicated that the Liberals will bring back fee deregulation. Universities are unlikely to put their hands in their own pockets to make up for funding cuts, choosing rather to cut vital student support services than risk jeopardising ‘important’ business projects Cuts to higher education will mean that women who are already disproportionately affected but a lack of funding will take longer to pay off their HECS debt and face a greater pay gap in the workforce. Cuts to services Severe lack of funding available for women’s services on university campuses. When the federal government make cuts to the higher education sector, often basic services relied on by women are the first to go. Universities across Australia do not prioritise the welfare of students, this consequently has a greater effect on women due to structural barriers which make it difficult women to go to university and study. As revealed in the results of the 2016 ‘Talk about it’ survey women students are likely to face harassment and sexual violence on university campuses. Due to a number of factors, including inadequate help services, women are strongly deterred from seeking help from university. Women should be able to balance university life as well as home life, and should not be forced to choose between the two. Services focused on assisting students who are also mothers have been neglected for too long. Many universities are lacking parent rooms, for mothers to comfortably breastfeed. Underfunded services have a detrimental effect on those who use them most, women are already limited by a culture of misogyny on campus and an initial lack of policies and services to protect them. Due to the lack of services and policies, many universities do not adequately address incidents of harassment on campus, making university an unsafe place for women. Universities receive funding from the student services and amenities fee annually, a small portion of which is usually allocated to the student union on campus. The rest of the SSAF is allocated to funding university projects, a funding increase to women's services could be done through this avenue. When the Liberal government make cuts to higher education universities will make cuts to student services. The Solution In order to address the stark difficulties of women accessing higher education the NUS women's department is running an O week and semester one campaign which will encourage women to support, promote and attend the National Day of Action on March 22nd. This NUS women’s department campaign will aim to put pressure on universities to start addressing the specific concerns of women, through more funding to services that women access. The campaign will produce a petition and towards the end of the semester the NUS Women’s Department will be submitting a government submission. The campaign will Lobby federal parliamentary representatives for accessible health care and education for women in the lead up to the federal budget. Lobby universities to provide more funding for student services, especially services that women frequently use, e.g childcare services and parenting rooms. Encourage and promote the March 22nd National Day of Action Focus on supporting women in higher education in the face of an aggressive conservative federal government. Highlight the challenges that women face in higher education specifically around education and health. Produce a petition pushing universities to commit more funding to student services Produce a government submission detailing the need to adequately fund the higher education sector, and how funding cuts hurt women the most, particularly women from marginalised backgrounds. Get Involved Promote and sign the NUS Womens petition! Sign up to the email list to receive updates on the campaign! Attend and promote the March 22nd National Day of Action. Sign a letter on behalf of your student organisation, pushing federal MPs to commit to not supporting cuts to higher education and health. Sign a letter on behalf of your student organisation, pushing universities to provide more funding for student services, especially services that women frequently use, e.g childcare services and parenting rooms. Like the NUS Women’s Department page for updates Change your cover photo, like and share posts about the campaign.
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  • Australia Post: Stop Bonuses for Screwing over Injured Workers!
    The CEO of Australia Post was paid $5.6 million of taxpayers' money a year. Under his reign, newspapers have revealed repeated scandals where management bonuses have resulted in managers delaying injury claims, refusing injury claims, unreasonably forcing injured workers to attend additional medical examinations and preventing workers from putting in a claim. The Australian Financial Review reported that Australia Post managers can earn up to $60,000 a year for engaging in this kind of behaviour. It's time for Australia Post to stop the rort at the expense of injured workers and our families.
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  • Royal commission into wage theft now
    Underpaying workers is wage theft pure and simple and it’s happening to hundreds of thousands of Australian workers every single day. Lawlessness is rampant in industries like fashion modelling, fast food, retail, hospitality, transport and aged care - where workers are being exploited and robbed of wages on a mass scale. These traditional industries are also facing cut-throat competition from the growing ‘gig economy’ which is driving down wages and smashing the concept of a permanent job into fragments. As a society we cannot sit back and watch as our world of work is atomised and our rights scattered to the wind. We want a royal commission now to expose wrongdoing and provide solutions on how to regulate and organise work in the future.
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  • This Valentine's Day, it's time to #BreakUpWithBirdette
    Honey Birdette and CEO Eloise Monaghan have repeatedly tried to ignore hundreds of claims by Honey Birdette workers of the bullying, harassment, abuse, and wage theft that goes in in their boutiques - but we won't be silenced. Eloise Monaghan and Honey Birdette need to know that if they don't take the abuse and harassment of workers in their boutiques seriously, we'll support lingerie companies that do! For more information, check out: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/honey-birdette-workers-need-safe-workplaces
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  • Restore flexible work: Let dads pickup kids from school
    Everyday the CFMEU fights for the rights of workers. The union is committed to ensuring the safety of its members and ensuring that its members receive fair pay and conditions. The Union is committed to ensuring that all workers have equal access to rights and entitlements in accordance with the law. Craig and Cameron Zammit are committed dads and between them have 5 children, some at primary school. For the last eight years they have been picking up their children after school. Now, as a result of new management at Liverpool Hospital, they're being told that painters finishing at 2:30pm is incompatible with their job, despite working under these arrangements for eight years. This isn't fair. Family is everyone's responsibility and Craig and Cameron just want the opportunity to be there for their children.
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  • Justice for Wayne Fowlie
    Companies are meant to pay super payments into either default funds or employees nominated super funds 4 times a year. Norseman Gold PLC did not pay Wayne Fowlie's super payment into his super fund for a year. The result of this was that when Wayne died he did not have life insurance which is a standard part of most Super arrangements including Wayne's. Norseman Gold did the wrong thing, they lied to Wayne, his payslips said that the company was paying his super entitlements. Yet a judge recently decided that Norseman Gold PLC were not liable. Wayne's family not only lost a husband and father after he was killed in a mining accident but then also had to deal with the cost of the companies treachery. Its not right and Norseman Gold should do the right thing and pay out the entitlement of the life insurance policy.
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  • Think Murdoch Think Shame
    I study at Murdoch University and the actions taken by Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen are shameful. The Vice Chancellor has seen fit to attack the work and pay conditions of the Murdoch University staff, this is especially raw as Murdoch senior officers are taking greater employee benefits and expecting staff to take pay cuts. This is a shameful act, and as a student of Murdoch University, I stand with the teaching and service staff. I stand with them because learning at an institution that has great employment conditions fosters a learning environment that benefits the students. As a student I also refuse to be part of an institution that so ruthlessly takes an axe to the workers terms and conditions. Not only is Murdoch's management trying to remove the conditions fought for by their staff, but they have also tried to put a gag order on the union to stop it communicating with its members. This is not a Vice chancellor that negotiates in good faith, this is someone who wants to employ snake tactics in order to gut what makes Murdoch a great university... Its staff! Murdoch claims it is the university of innovation, but there is nothing innovative about its underhanded tactics. Think Murdoch, Think Shame!
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  • Enough is Enough: Brisbane's bus drivers deserve protection
    Another week and another assault on one of our bus drivers. Following the tragic death of one bus driver in October, attacks on bus drivers have not stopped. 29-year-old bus driver Manmeet Alisher was killed when he was set alight by a 48-year-old man in an unprovoked attack: https://goo.gl/g4ADeH A bus driver, just doing his job, supporting the community, had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act. His parents have lost a son, and siblings lost a brother. Right now, police are searching for a male cyclist after a 60-year-old bus driver was repeatedly punched in the face just for doing their job: https://goo.gl/dSIqlP These aren't isolated incidents. Bus drivers are being assaulted every week. Enough is enough. It has to stop.
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  • Reinstate the German Creek 46
    Right now 46 workers from the German Creek coal mine have been made redundant just before Christmas. Many are even facing a new year without homes. They need your help. The workers were fighting for increased job security in a town that is experiencing an unemployment crisis. In order to show who is boss — their employer Anglo American made 46 union members redundant. For 100 days these workers have been involved in legal industrial action fighting for steady jobs and improved mine safety. But Anglo decided to sack 46 of these workers — all union members — and replace them with labour hire workers on far reduced pay and conditions. Many of the sacked miners have not only lost their jobs but have lost their homes as well. Anglo owns the houses they have called home for years and now wants them out two days after Christmas. Many of these families have their kids enrolled in the local schools for next year! Central Queensland is undergoing an unemployment crisis and this will make things worse. The way Anglo American is behaving is unAustralian. You can also visit the Steady Jobs website of the CFMEU- Mining and Energy union who are campaigning to protect mining jobs from this increased insecurity. http://steadyjobs.com.au/
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