• Deakin Job Losses
    On Monday 25 May, our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, advised Deakin staff that you, our University Council, had endorsed a Restructure/Reshaping Process due to the financial impact of COVID-19. We were advised that Phase 1 of this process would commence within the week. Staff were advised of a proposed immediate reduction of around 400 positions. Professor Martin noted that the Restructure/Reshaping process was in fact endorsed by Council twice – on 7 May, and again on 21 May. We are writing to demand that the Council call a halt to the Phase 1 process and consult with Deakin staff - with full financial disclosure - on how they believe the University can best respond to the current financial crisis. Deakin is a public university so we call on all members of the Deakin community - staff, students, alumni, members of the communities in which Deakin resides and serves, to support staff in calling on University Council to halt to the Phase 1 process.
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  • Scott Morrison: Keep Our Cleaners Safe
    At the by-election on 4 July we have a chance to stand up for essential cleaning workers and build a fairer future for all.   As a community we need to stand up against the Morrison governments chaotic approach to essential cleaning workers.   SIGN THE PETITION AND SUPPORT CLEANERS WHO KEEP US SAFE Authorised Tim Kennedy, United Workers Union, Melbourne
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  • Scott Morrison: Don’t Leave Casual Workers Behind
    Scott Morrison and his Liberal Government have turned their back on casual workers, right when they needed it most.   At the by-election on 4 July we have a chance to stand up for casual workers and build a fairer future for all.   SIGN THE PETITION AND SUPPORT CASUAL WORKERS Authorised Tim Kennedy, United Workers Union, Melbourne
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  • RMIT Students say NO to Uni Cuts!
    RUSU, the RMIT University Student Union, is committed to giving a voice to the student body at RMIT. Students do not deserve to have their education suffer as a result of Covid-19. Join the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) in ensuring that students get the fair and equitable treatment we deserve. #RMITStudentsFightBack
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  • Scott Morrison: Don’t put Early Childhood Education at risk
    This puts the childcare of thousands of families at threat. Our Early Childhood Educators worked hard through the pandemic to keep our children safe, at significant personal risk.   But now Scott Morrison and the Federal Government have made them the first sector to have JobKeeper cut. That’s not fair. As parents we need to stand up to the reckless approach of the Morrison Government to our children’s education.   SIGN THE PETITION AND SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Authorised Tim Kennedy, United Workers Union, Melbourne
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  • Save Don Tatnell
    The petition of certain citizens of the City of Kingston draws to the attention of the Kingston Council that: 1. Don Tatnell Leisure Centre was closed on the 30th of January 2020 due to serious structural issues that made the centre unsafe for use. 2. This facility was used by many of members in the Parkdale, Mordialloc and Mentone community -offering pool, spa and sauna facilities, as well as a gym with local classes and other support services. 3. Don Tatnell is walking distance from Parkdale Secondary College and St John Vianney's Primary School, and accessible to many other local primary and secondary schools in the Mordialloc-Parkdale area. 4. The centre is readily available to our local community via bus from Mordialloc Station. 5. Since its closure, Kingston Council has not committed funding to a redevelopment on its current site and has instead flagged a possible relocation. This would be a huge loss to our local community. 6. The Mayor of Kingston has stated that costs to return the ageing building to a “useable state, without any improvements in service” would incur $9 million in costs and a 10-month closure. Instead, the Mayor says the Council “will focus on developing a new, modern centre that meets the current and future needs of our community.”
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  • Upgrade to Chevallum Road
    Did you know that changes are being made to the Exit 200 Chevallum Forest Glen turnoff from the Bruce Highway? Did you know that a roundabout is being built at Chevallum Road/Rainforest Road and that this new exit will be the fastest and most direct way to travel to Palmwoods? Traffic along Chevallum Road and past Chevallum State School will increase as a result. The community needs to feel safe when they travel on or are near Chevallum Road. An upgrade is needed near Chevallum State School to reduce the risk of traffic incidents and personal injury around the school. We all know that this section of the road is already unsafe and congested at certain times of the day and we need to join together to sign this petition to let Local, State and Federal government members that our children's safety should come first and that money should be spent to upgrade Chevallum Road, in coordination with the building of the roundabout and new highway exit.
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  • Darwin Defence Upgrade: use local steel, back local jobs
    In an uncertain time where local jobs are on the line and businesses are doing it tough, the government must source this steel locally. The Morrison Government is talking big about the importance of manufacturing in our COVID recovery. Here's the chance to make that a reality.
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  • Demand procedural fairness at Ballina RSL Club!
    A number of recent informal chats held with staff at Ballina RSL Club have caused anxiety, undue stress and a feeling of intimidation and bullying amongst workers. One member remains on extended leave as a result of this stress. Managers are telling members to come have a chat, during which they raise performance or conduct issues. One worker asked if they could pause the meeting to go and get a union delegate - in response their manager started yelling at her across the table and threatening to formalise the meeting. Other workers have reported being pulled up for refusing to work in unreasonable conditions. One worker was told she was 'incompetent' at her job after working there for 25+ years.
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  • Decjuba: Opt us into JobKeeper
    Young, casual workers are too often exploited. These are company wide issues impacting 100's of casuals workers, many of whom are young. This is a common story, in the last few weeks we have heard similar stories from workers at Cotton On, David Jones and General Pants Co. Sadly young workers are missing out on the JobKeeper payment that is designed to help workers like us through this health crisis. We need this money to pay our bills. Young workers are hanging on by a thread. I'm calling on Decjuba to opt us into the JobKeeper wage subsidy. Please send a message to Decjuba that this is not on, and that no worker should be left behind.
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  • General Pants Co.: Opt us into JobKeeper
    Young, casual workers are too often exploited. This is a company wide issue impacting 100's of casuals workers, many of whom are young. This is a common story, a few weeks ago we heard a similar story from Cotton On workers and now I'm telling you about my experience at General Pants Co. Sadly young workers are missing out on the JobKeeper payment that is designed to help workers like us through this health crisis. We need this money to pay our bills. Young workers are hanging on by a thread. I'm calling on General Pants Co. to opt us into the JobKeeper wage subsidy. Please send a message to that this is not on.
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  • MDHS: Recognise our 2020 Results
    Grades received in the second and third years of an Undergraduate degree are normally given double weighting meaning that students currently completing third year subjects are denied the opportunity make improvements to their WAM. Honours degrees must be completed by Semester One to be included in WAM calculations when applying for Medicine, while an ongoing Honours degree counted towards Optometry or Dentistry. As a result of the changes to WAM calculation, Honours at any stage of completion will not be included, for any of the three degrees. Additionally, changes to Honours projects mean that they do not attract sufficient credit points to be included in the University’s broader approach to WAM. Overall, these changes are manifestly unfair and disadvantage students who are able to improve their competitiveness for MDHS applications this month. The University made this decision in the absence of student representatives and has not provided a rationale for how this change benefits students, or why this decision was necessary. It is astonishing that the University of Melbourne has decided to adopt this model given that the same outcomes could have been achieved for students whose results have suffered this semester, by applying the WAM changes announced only a short time ago. Other Australian medical schools have allowed students to receive the benefits of good results in 2020, or have changed their approach since this announcement was made. We call on the University of Melbourne to rescind its decision to ensure WAMs that improve in 2020 can be used.
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