• University of Wollongong: Reject the Secret Ramsay Deal
    While UOW bosses refuse to release all of the details, we do know Ramsay Centre reps will be able to influence staff appointments, observe classes and that the curriculum has been shaped according to the Ramsay Centre's stipulations. This centre has already been rejected by the ANU, and staff and students have been fiercely campaigning against it at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. UOW bosses and the Ramsay Centre have been secretly negotiating for the past year. Staff were only notified the week before Christmas after the deal had been signed. Staff have grave concerns about this lack of transparency and that proper academic approval processes have not been followed. The University’s Academic Senate was not even notified in advance. In an article in Quadrant, Ramsay Centre board member and former PM Tony Abbott made it clear the Centre would be interventionist over staffing and curriculum decisions. This as part of a broader challenge to the principles of academic freedom, academic integrity and academic autonomy and as such it has implications for the whole Australian university sector. Show your support for staff, students and alumni at UOW by signing the petition.
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  • Protect Patient Safety!
    Hospital pharmacists provide essential services to our community. Cutting pharmacists wages and conditions, including removing senior level roles means patients won’t have access to experienced pharmacists. Patients rely heavily on senior pharmacists to provide advice and get dosages right – it’s just wrong to compromise these patients and penalise staff by cutting their working conditions and pay.
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  • I Support Australian STEM
    Great societies have well run, smart public services. STEM expertise in the Australian Public Service is vital so that our country can deliver the infrastructure, technical outcomes and public policy that Australians expect and deserve. STEM professionals are under increased pressure to deliver, while across the country staffing numbers are cut, funding is slashed and the voices of our scientists, engineers and technical experts are ignored. We see the results all around us –scientific advice ignored, project overruns, waste, cost blow outs. At the same time wages are stagnating, conditions are reduced, and job security is diminishing. We need to restore STEM capacity in the Australian Public Service and create a public service where professional expertise is respected as the key enabler it is, not an overhead to be cut.
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  • Stop Wage Theft At Dinner By Heston
    The Fair Work Ombudsman must investigate Dinner By Heston and take strong action against venues like these that use salary-based arrangements to underpay their workers. The law is clear: Employers must keep an accurate daily record of start and finish times, of the hours worked, and breaks taken, and have them signed weekly by employees. Employers must also do a reconciliation to see if staff have been underpaid. And if there is a shortfall, the employer must pay the difference. We are calling on the watchdog to enforce the law at Dinner By Heston. They must ensure these workers are paid for every hour they work and are paid back all their stolen wages.
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  • Implement a safe silica standard!
    Silica dust is present in many common building materials. Gravel, sand and newly developed compressed stone materials like caesarstone all contain silica. It’s all around us. Along with scleroderma, exposure to silica has been linked to other diseases, including, autoimmune diseases, silicosis, chronic renal disease and even lung cancer. When a person inhales fine silica dust after it’s been cut or ground, it makes its way into your lungs, scarring and damaging them irreversibly. The most terrifying part of these diseases is the disease can lay dormant in your lungs, showing no signs of ill health, until years after exposure. Getting exposed to silica in such high concentrations changed my life. Working with sand between 1973 and 2002 meant that I have now been diagnosed with scleroderma. My life will never be the same. And I’m not alone, recently 22 silicosis claims were logged with WorkCover in Queensland, including for six people who were diagnosed as terminally ill. In the past year in Victoria, there have been 13 silicosis claims by stonemasons, but the reality could be even worse, with many not even being aware they have been exposed to silica dust, with some symptoms not showing until years after the initial exposure. I wouldn’t have developed this illness, had my workplace taken safety seriously. Switching out silica for an alternative material, or using proper extraction techniques and being provided with appropriate PPE if there was still exposure could have stopped me from developing scleroderma. We’re demanding better exposure standards that actually protect people like me, who work with this dangerous material day in and day out. Sign the petition to help get our exposure standard in line with the rest of the world. Demand our exposure standard be upgraded to 0.025mg/m³, matching America’s exposure standard, and keeping up to date with the state of knowledge.
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  • The fight to remember Australia’s legendary political prisoners
    The Treasury Building has a shocking but important history that must be preserved. It is filled with Tasmanian political, administrative and judicial history and was the place of many executions. Those executed included Matthew Brady, sent to Australia from Britain for taking part in an infamous peaceful protest in 1819 over famine-like conditions and lack of representation. Brady was hung on the steps of the Treasury after escaping the isolated Sarah Island on Macquarie harbour, becoming a legendary bushranger and a Robin Hood-like character; fighting off the British garrison at Sorrell. The history of political prisoners in Australia like Brady is an electrifying story that positions Australia and Tasmania at the center of the global trade union narrative. Yet it is a history barley mentioned, half forgotten; rarely told – the Radical History Collective intends to change that. The campaign to preserve the Treasury building is one of many fights that need to be had to preserve the rich and glorious history of the political prisoners sent to these shores.
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    Created by Jon Clark
  • Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources: Make Biosecurity Broadbanding fair
    APS3 Biosecurity Officers are deeply disappointed that after many months, department representatives have proposed an APS3 to 4 broadband process that is not fair or reasonable. The process that has begun makes access to the broadband dependent on applying for promotion through a rigorous recruitment process. This was not the intention of the broadband when we negotiated our EA in good faith.
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  • Stop Commonwealth Bank sponsorship of Australian of the Year
    It is hard to imagine an organisation less suitable to sponsor an award which symbolises the best of Australian society. Commonwealth Bank has been found to be entirely morally bankrupt – an organisation which has for decades profited by exploiting the trust of the Australian people, enriching itself at the expense of hard-working Australians. It has swindled working people – including its own workers – and destroyed lives. This disgraced company has no business sponsoring our highest national honour.
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    Created by Australian Council of Trade Unions Picture
  • Your staff are at breaking point. Lost Dogs Home: clean up this mess.
    As former staff at the Lost Dog home, we were passionate about our jobs there, but after months of understaffing, low pay and lack of communication from management, we were left with no choice but to leave. Many other staff have also had to move on. Many of our colleagues are still working at the Lost Dogs Home, stuck on a 2006 WorkChoices-era agreement that provides no penalty rates, whilst management stall the introduction of a new enterprise agreement. The staff care about their work there, but without penalty rates it's hard to attract weekend workers, leaving the shelter understaffed and the workers overloaded. Poor conditions are creating serious OH&S risks for staff. They are at breaking point. Now they fear to speak out, for fear of retribution. Lost Dogs Home board is aware of the problems the shelter is facing but has so far, refused to act. They must immediately: - Introduce weekend penalty rates - Meaningfully address all staff OH&S and work related stress concerns Read more: www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-29/lost-dogss-home-toxic-culture-blamed-for-exodus/10563416
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  • Save Wyndham Carols by Candlelight
    Carols by Candlelight at the Werribee Mansion is an annual tradition for the Wyndham community, the highlight of the Christmas calendar. Many members of the Wyndham community have grown up attending carols at the Mansion and now bring back their own families as adults. It is an important coming together of faiths and cultures in recognition of the spirit of the holiday season. Unlike in other Melbourne municipalities, Wyndham Carols by Candlelight is not hosted by Council. Unfortunately, the organising committee who usually run Wyndham Carols have provided no reasoning for the cancellation, aside from citing "unforeseen circumstances". To recognise the significance of this event to the community, we are seeking that Council step in to save Christmas by facilitating a community-led Carols by Candlelight.
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  • NRMA: Don't Sink Wages to the Bottom of Sydney Harbour
    The NRMA is buying up transport and tourism companies nationally. Recently, the NRMA began purchasing ferry services on Sydney Harbour in NSW. At one of these ferry companies - My Fast Ferry - management have been deliberately forcing their workers to accept below minimum conditions, and robbing them of their rightful pay rates. Workers at My Fast Ferry can earn as little as half the pay as those doing the same work, on the same boats, on the same harbour. Their only mistake is to work for the NRMA. The workers and their union – the Maritime Union of Australia - have requested that the NRMA do the right thing and treat their workers with the respect they deserve. Sadly, NRMA has decided to dig in behind existing practices, and continue to treat Ferry workers like second class citizens. How can you trust a company that behaves like this?
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  • Support STEM Professionals at the Department of Defence
    STEM professionals of Defence, are an essential part of the Department of Defence and our work must be respected and valued. STEM professionals are under increased pressure to deliver, while across the country staffing numbers are cut, funding is slashed and your voice is ignored. We see the results all around us – project overruns, waste, cost blow outs. At the same time APS wages are stagnating, conditions are reduced, and job security is diminishing.
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    Created by Professionals Australia