• Stop the War on Young People, WE DESERVE BETTER!
    The National Union of Students is the peak representative body of Higher Education Students in Australia. Time and time again The liberal government and Malcolm Turnball continue to attack students. In 2017 they removed penalty rates, young people rely on penalty rates and weekend work to make ends meet. Housing and rent prices are skyrocketing, which continues to force young people into financial hardship. In 2018, the continued cuts to higher education will continue, already this government has tried to lower the repayment threshold, cut funding from Unis and support services to students.
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  • Meet the farm workers that grow Smorgon's profits
    Workers at Perfection Fresh in Two Wells, South Australia - the largest tomato glasshouse in the southern hemisphere - come from many nations and speak more than 20 languages. These hard working people have many ideas on how to make your glasshouse the best in the world. In return, they are asking Perfection Fresh to commit to providing secure jobs and a fair wage increase to help workers and their families have a decent life in Australia. Since February workers have been negotiating in good faith with local management for a new workplace agreement. They have listened to management's concerns. They have made proposals and suggestions and amended their original claims in the spirit of fair negotiation. They have continued to patiently listen, but now workers feel stuck on a one way street. Local management will not commit to basic claims from workers, which will improve their lives significantly. More than 230 people at Perfection Fresh have worked full time hours for more than 12 months, planting, twisting, pruning, picking and packing the tomatoes that go to Coles and Woolworths. But still they are employed as casuals. Only 70 workers have secure full time jobs. Perfection Fresh has received millions of dollars from the South Australian government to support the expansion of the glasshouse. In 2015, the company pledged to create 150 full time jobs – two years later, these jobs have not materialised. Many workers came to Australia as refugees and are trying to start a new life after experiencing war, persecution or conflict. As casual workers, taking unpaid leave to visit their family overseas is a scary thing because there is no guarantee there will be a job for them when they get back. This means some workers have not seen their children in more than 5 years. Workers have been told that they will not be paid above the minimum wage. They are told they only deserve the lowest wage in Australia. That is the value of their contribution and hard work. Workers believe they deserve more respect. Most of what they are asking for will not cost the company money but will deliver some certainty in workers' lives. Peter, without your involvement workers are worried that their concerns and ideas will continue to fall on deaf ears. You have the power to make Perfection Fresh the best employer in the industry. Please come and meet with us in Two Wells, South Australia.
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    Created by National Union of Workers
  • Opportunity for a Chinese Translation course at Swinburne
    This would be important because students would be able to have the chance to strive for translation jobs, which with just a normal chinese major/minor usually you just learn the language and not being able to fully apply it to the workforce. It be awesome to have it online as well as on campus so that students can have the support they need when wanting to ask for help with difficult grammer.
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  • Fifo workers deserve a vote.
    The rosters for the 15,000 workers on these projects mean that early voting and postal voting options are inadequate and severely limit the ability to exercise democratic rights to vote. In many cases voting is impossible. We believe the WAEC must fulfil its mandate to maximise voter participation and enable us to exercise our democratic right to cast our vote in the same way that other members of the community can. We therefore call on the WAEC to provide voting booths on Barrow Island (Gorgon) and the Wheatstone Project workers’ camps as an urgent priority for the WA election.
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  • Building and Construction workers say No to Fortnightly and Monthly Pay!
    Faceless Bosses in our industry are trying to change the Construction Award and Joinery Award to give them the right to pay workers monthly or fortnightly. They also support bosses being given 7 days to pay money due after termination. The right to be paid our wages every week and within 2 days of termination has been an award right for construction workers for decades, and we want to keep it. As building and construction workers we are engaged on a daily or weekly hire basis and this makes it critically important that our pay cycle reflects the way we work in this industry. Those weeks when you work the long hours you can also run up extra spending. We deserve to have our pay reflect our work and the nature of our industry. We have also seen too many building companies go belly-up. We just don’t want bosses holding onto OUR MONEY.
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