• Support Our Swimming Teachers
    The Fairwork Commission is undergoing a review that focuses on swim teachers pay for the industry. Most of the swimming instructors we work with will train for anywhere between 6 and 12 months. The process to become a swimming teacher is quite long and arduous. We do internal train, we do training courses we must have Working with Children and CPR certifications. We would cover these requirements over the 6 – 12 month period. During this time, however, we would at times still be required to teach classes generally due to the lack of teachers on a given shift. So, there we are, teaching kids to swim but technically still a ‘trainee’ and being paid that way. Given their way employers want this sort of practice to be written into the Fitness Industry Award by having a ‘trainee swim teacher’ role at level one. Given that the words ‘swim teacher’ don’t come into the Award until level 3, this would blur the lines terribly for new swimming teachers coming into the industry. We want to make a difference. We want to change the rules, so they support young workers not exploit them. We would really appreciate your support!
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  • Wesfarmers & Engie: Don't Cut Our Jobs
    The Latrobe Valley community is in the midst of the worst jobs crisis in decades. From the closure of Hazelwood, to local stores shutting their doors -- the Valley needs local, fair, permanent jobs now more than ever. Wesfarmers, which owns Target and Coles, is an international mega-profit company. Last year, they reported $2.9 billion in profits. Engie, one of the world's largest energy companies, made a profit of $4.1 billion. Increasing the bottom line off the back of cutting local jobs is wrong. This should not be allowed to happen. Wesfarmers & Engie, don’t slash jobs in our community for your billion dollar bottom line.
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  • Stop Gender Based Violence
    Australian Unions call on the Australian Government and Minister Kelly O'Dwyer to actively support the development of, and ratify once adopted, the new ILO Convention aimed at preventing violence and harassment in the world at work, including sexual harassment. We need to send a message that we won’t tolerate workplace gender violence: Not here, not anywhere. Sign the petition
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  • Respect workers' safety
    Queenslanders expect better. When $1.6bn in taxpayer funds is being spent, Queenslanders should be able to expect a decent, safe workplace, and the highest standard of construction. The way that the Second Range Crossing is currently being built, it's only a matter of time before someone is killed. Queenslanders won't wait for that to happen. We want action now.
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  • Brian Paynter: Support laws cracking down on labour hire exploitation
    The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on the abuse and exploitation of Victorian workers with a suite of new reforms to clean up the labour hire industry. The new scheme is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work – a key election promise – which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across Victoria. It found rogue operators were underpaying workers, not ensuring proper safety standards, abusing worker visas and undermining the minimum standards of employment. To stop this exploitation, the Labor Government will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect workers across all sectors from labour hire providers that have been operating in the shadows of our workplace laws. Under the tough new scheme: - A license can only be obtained through passing a “fit and proper person test” and by demonstrating compliance with workplace, labour hire industry and migration laws and minimum accommodation standards. - Licensed Providers will be listed on a public register and employers will be required to only use licensed labour hire providers. - A new independent, fit-for-purpose, statutory authority – headed by a Commissioner – will be established to oversee and enforce the scheme, and will be able to inspect and raid premises. Rogue operators who do not comply, or attempt to flout the scheme by entering into avoidance arrangements will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties.
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  • Peter Crisp: Support laws cracking down on labour hire exploitation
    The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on the abuse and exploitation of Victorian workers with a suite of new reforms to clean up the labour hire industry. The new scheme is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work – a key election promise – which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across Victoria. It found rogue operators were underpaying workers, not ensuring proper safety standards, abusing worker visas and undermining the minimum standards of employment. To stop this exploitation, the Labor Government will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect workers across all sectors from labour hire providers that have been operating in the shadows of our workplace laws. Under the tough new scheme: - A license can only be obtained through passing a “fit and proper person test” and by demonstrating compliance with workplace, labour hire industry and migration laws and minimum accommodation standards. - Licensed Providers will be listed on a public register and employers will be required to only use licensed labour hire providers. - A new independent, fit-for-purpose, statutory authority – headed by a Commissioner – will be established to oversee and enforce the scheme, and will be able to inspect and raid premises. Rogue operators who do not comply, or attempt to flout the scheme by entering into avoidance arrangements will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties.
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  • Russell Northe: Support laws cracking down on labour hire exploitation
    The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on the abuse and exploitation of Victorian workers with a suite of new reforms to clean up the labour hire industry. The new scheme is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work – a key election promise – which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across Victoria. It found rogue operators were underpaying workers, not ensuring proper safety standards, abusing worker visas and undermining the minimum standards of employment. To stop this exploitation, the Labor Government will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect workers across all sectors from labour hire providers that have been operating in the shadows of our workplace laws. Under the tough new scheme: - A license can only be obtained through passing a “fit and proper person test” and by demonstrating compliance with workplace, labour hire industry and migration laws and minimum accommodation standards. - Licensed Providers will be listed on a public register and employers will be required to only use licensed labour hire providers. - A new independent, fit-for-purpose, statutory authority – headed by a Commissioner – will be established to oversee and enforce the scheme, and will be able to inspect and raid premises. Rogue operators who do not comply, or attempt to flout the scheme by entering into avoidance arrangements will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties.
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  • Reverse the LNP ban on the Eureka Flag
    The LNP Government - with the support of One Nation - has introduced a new Building Code that aims to destroy unions and workers' rights on construction sites by banning all union slogans and materials like stickers, flags and symbols on clothing. The new code bans "images generally attributed to, or associated with an organisation, such as the iconic symbol of the five white stars on the Eureka Stockade Flag." It also bans "mottos" and union names, symbols, "signs, markings or indications. " It is an important part of Australia's history. Banning union motto’s, stickers and images, including the Eureka flag, is unAustralian..
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  • End individual contracts, time for a fair agreement!
    Workers at Ridley Agri want to negotiate their wages and conditions collectively because they don't want anyone left behind. They want fair wages for their work. They also want their precious time away from work – time spent with their families and community – to be respected. Ian Fairbairn, please step in to get these simple rights in place.
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  • Work for the Dole is dangerous. Stop the government’s plan to expand it.
    Under the government's Welfare Reform Bill, all unemployed workers aged 30 and over will have their Work for the Dole requirements increased by at least 50%. Unemployed Australians aged between 30 and 49 (approximately 300,000 people) will have their Work for the Dole requirements increased from 30 hours per fortnight to 50. Unemployed aged 50-59 will have to attend 30 hours of activities per fortnight (up from 15), while unemployed aged 60 and over will for the first time have to attend 10 hours at an activity per fortnight (previously zero). Focusing just on the 30-49 age bracket, this Bill will force unemployed Australians to attend 6 million more hours at a Work for the Dole activity each year. A government-commissioned report admitted that 64% of sites do not meet basic safety standards, while another report stated that Work for the Dole helps only 2% of participants into work. We have already lost one life due to Work for the Dole. Last year, Josh Park-Fing was forced to ride on a flat bed trailer being pulled by a tractor at his Work for the Dole site. He fell off and tragically died. The Queensland State Government is taking legal action against the Work for the Dole site, supervisor and job agency. Why is the government refusing to learn the lessons from Josh's death? The government cannot guarantee the safety of unemployed Australians at Work for the Dole, yet is expanding the program. This is a national disgrace. Senator Hinch has the power to stop the Welfare Reform Bill. Send him a messaging telling him why.
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  • Michael Guy: Publicly Support Penalty Rates for Victorian Workers
    The Liberal Party thinks workers should earn less, while their mates make millions. With wage growth at a record low, there are thousands and thousands of families sitting around the dinner table, working out how to make ends meet. Supporting penalty rates is an important step to helping these families. It’s now time for Michael to do more and stand up for Victorians.
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  • Prime Minister: it's educators who need a pay rise. Not your staffers.
    Early childhood educators are paid just half the national average wage. Our work is undervalued for one reason: 97% of educators are women. Our job is seen as “women’s work”. We’re told we should do it for the love of it, but love doesn’t pay the bills. Educating children is one of the most important jobs imaginable, we are setting children up for their future. We deserve respect and fair pay. It’s time to value every child by valuing every educator. We are DONE with asking nicely. Malcolm Turnbull has until Thursday 1 February to support equal pay, or we will escalate our campaign with nation-wide walk offs.
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