• Respect cleaners and pay them fairly!
    At ASC, daytime cleaners who are employed part-time copped a 15% wage cut, whilst those doing shift work saw a slash of 21%. The ASC awarded its cleaning contract to Sodexo six years ago. This contractor offered ASC a price based on Hospitality Award wages - not the Cleaning Services Award. This is despite ASC's huge profits - last financial year, it pocketed $22.5 million after tax! Now cleaners are fighting back and demanding a fair pay deal. Stand with them by signing the petition.
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    Created by Jessica Flood
  • Take our wages out of the freezer!
    For over 10 years, the Restaurant and Catering Association has been fighting to freeze hospitality wages. Year on year, submission on submission, they request that the Fair Work Commission hand out a 0% wage increase to restaurant and cafe workers. In 2020 they won – delaying our annual wage increase by 9 months. For the average Casual level 2 worker* that was a loss of $739.83 in wages and $70.28 in superannuation. They cited the pandemic as the cause for the delay. But looking into their submissions, they’ve been asking for a 0% increase as far back as 2011. And they’re asking for it again. “R&CA submits that any increase in the National Minimum Wage for those awards covered under the Group 3 tier should not occur until 1 February 2022.” Freezing the minimum wage again will result in a $980.72* wage cut to the average casual worker*. Another stab in the back for workers already facing the crisis of insecure and casual work. We can’t stand by and let them give us another wage cut. It’s time to stand together and fight for the future of hospitality. Sign our petition today to demand the pay rise we deserve this July. *working 3 weekday shifts and 2 weekend shifts at 7.6hrs per shift. *Assumming 1.75% inflation
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    Created by Dylan Fukakusa-Vickers, Hospo Voice member
  • We need mentally safe workplaces
    More Victorian workers are suffering psychological injury from mentally unsafe workplaces. This includes stress, bullying and harassment and workplace violence. In Victoria’s OHS laws, there are clear regulations around physical hazards – when a physical risk is identified there are clear steps on how to fix it. This is not the case with psychological health. There are no regulations on how employers should deal with psychological risks in the workplace. When 1 in 5 Victorian workers suffer from a mental injury every year, this isn’t good enough. Our regulations make it easy for bosses to sweep psychological hazards under the rug while more and more workers suffer from psychological injuries. This needs to stop. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The Andrews Government's announcement to introduce psychological regulations is the first step. We need to make sure the proposed regulations are strong enough to protect workers from psychological hazards in the workplace. We call on Daniel Andrews to introduce strong OHS regulations so there are clear controls on psychological health hazards, including: - A new regulation to require employers to take psychological hazards just as seriously as physical hazards - A requirement for employers to notify exposure to psychosocial hazards - A requirement for employers to use the hierarchy of control in controlling hazards and making it applicable to all hazards and risks, including psychological. The Andrews government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make work safer for everyone. These reforms will change lives and save lives. Sign the petition today.
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    Created by Occupational Health & Safety Representatives
  • Reject Latham's unsafe 'Parental Rights' Education Bill
    Latham’s Bill puts the livelihood of every teacher in NSW at risk because the Bill says NESA must revoke your teacher accreditation if you fall foul, however innocently, of the strictures in the Bill. Teachers will be required to work under the constant threat of their accreditation to teach being revoked if they were to address any topics in a classroom that is contradictory to the “moral and ethical standards and the political and social values” of any parent of a student in their class. Precisely what this means in a society where parents have diverse religious, political, and social views is unclear. Teachers are also prohibited from supporting or even acknowledging the experience of students who may be exploring or discovering a diverse gender identity. Schools do not teach gender fluidity to their students, but they have a duty of care to all their students. To seek to govern the interactions between counsellors and teachers and their students in such a heavy handed way is to breach this duty of care (potentially exposing the school to legal liability through civil action) at put at risk the psychological health of students, potentially leading to child protection allegations. Teachers and students must have an environment in which they can teach and learn in a safe, supportive, and affirming environment if they are to achieve their full education potential. Student wellbeing is about a sense of belonging and connectedness. Developing the skills to make positive and healthy choices to support learning and achievement must be delivered in a safe and accepting school climate.
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    Created by Angus Hoy
  • Save Burnie's Community, Arts and Tourism Services
    Burnie's arts, cultural and tourism sector is growing. Despite a pandemic, Burnie has seen domestic tourism return, and international tourism is on the cards sooner than anybody previously thought. The City claims that their repeated deficits are to blame for these closures. These deficits were created through a reduction in rates, and they were planned for. These deficits are no surprise. Council’s deficit last financial year was just $340,000; just 1% of their annual budget. Council spent over $4 million on contract services last year and are expected to continue along this same trajectory into the future. Many of the services which were contracted out are services which could be done much cheaper in-house; such as cleaning, weed spraying, general construction and asphalt work. Additionally, Council wasted over $550,000 in just five months last year on architectural services for a new Museum and Art Gallery, which will be thrown in the trash if these proposed changes go ahead. It’s this wasteful approach to spending which is causing harm to the budget, not staffing these vital services for this community. The decision to close many of the city's cultural institutions is incredibly short-sighted and extremely damaging to the fabric of Burnie. Burnie City Council's employees worked right through the North-West's COVID-19 outbreak. The livelihoods of these dedicated, long term employees should be a key factor in any decision. These closures will decimate any progress made towards a better Burnie for everyone and will result in a complete loss of vibrancy in the City. The community have made their voices heard. Council has no mandate to close these services. The decision must be reversed.
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    Created by Aaron De La Torre
  • Yarra for All: Support Social and Affordable Housing for the Collingwood Town Hall
    Yarra City Council have walked away from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build social housing at the Collingwood Town Hall. Last month, Yarra City Council voted against a proposal to revitalise vacant council owned land at the Collingwood Town Hall with social and affordable housing. This had been years in the making yet at the last minute the Council walked away from delivering - despite the Victorian Government committing to funding the project through the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build program. The rejected proposal would have included a minimum of 100 new social and affordable housing units and over 1,000 square metres of new community space. Instead, the council have proposed to build a 'community hub' which would cost about $21 million and was unlikely to attract a funding partner or grant. Giving up funding certainty in the face of a housing crisis for a half-baked idea like this doesn't make sense. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take advantage of state government funding – like many Victorian councils are doing right now – and build homes for people who desperately need them in the inner-city where rent is increasingly unaffordable for most. The City of Yarra need to prioritise housing and start living up to their word to make Yarra inclusive for all, not just those who can afford to live here. How can I help? • Sign this petition to let Yarra City Council know that the community want social housing to be built at Collingwood Town Hall. • Get involved in the community consultation for the council’s ‘alternative proposal’ and make it clear that the community want social housing to be prioritised. • Write to your Councillors to let them know how you feel about their decision and let’s get Council to support the original proposal.
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    Created by Yarra For All
  • Save Fawkner's Outdoor Swimming Pools from Closure
    This petition has been developed by a local Fawkner resident due to concern that the Fawkner community has not anticipated that an ‘upgrade’ to the Fawkner Leisure Centre might involve closing our outdoor pools. Therefore the current community consultation process may not be resourced to reflect the community’s perspective on this issue.
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    Created by faye scanlan
  • Support Aussie Manufacturing
    Manufacturing in Australia matters, and it always has, but with decades of government neglect thousands of highly skilled, secure, safe, and fair paid manufacturing jobs have been lost. It’s manufacturing workers who’ve kept food on our tables and made sure we had PPE during a pandemic. Now they’re being ignored as we head into national economic recovery. Manufacturing thrives when governments invest in it. Australia could be a world leader in manufacturing. We need politicians to step up.
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    Created by Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Don't Tear Up Library Funding
    Australian Services Union members throughout South Australia provide crucial library services to our local communities but State Government funding for our libraries runs out on June 30. If Premier Steven Marshall cuts funding to our libraries, local communities will lose access to: books, access to computers and community activities for new mums, the elderly and the wider community. Approximately 80% of the library workforce are women. Cuts to library funding will mean cuts to jobs when South Australia is facing the highest unemployment rate in the country. We need your support to save our libraries.
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    Created by Daniel Spencer
    Scott Morrison’s visa system favours big businesses at the expense of working people. There are workers who have lived in this country for years, who have families and communities here, and every day do the work that keeps our country running - but who are stuck in limbo from temporary visa to temporary visa. Meanwhile, the government has enabled exploitative employers to churn through a vulnerable temporary migrant workforce with limited rights. We need a fair visa system that puts workers over profit, and that gives every worker a fair chance - no matter where we come from.
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    Created by Migrant Workers Centre
  • Stop Late Submission Penalty Increasing to 10%
    Macquarie Students Against Uni Cuts have been informed by staff of the uni's plans to increase the late assignment penalty for Arts in Semester 2, an increase from a 2% to a 10% deduction per day! After countless cuts, restructures and sackings, the Macquarie's management are already looking for new ways to turn our university into a degree factory. This is made worse considering the Liberals 2020 education bill, which states that any first year student who fails 50% of their courses will be kicked off HECS! The overwhelming majority of domestic students rely entirely on the HECS system to study, so many students would be kicked out of their studies for financial reasons. Student life is already stressful, with most students having to balance their studies with part-time work. In the middle of a global pandemic and economic recession, this attack is absolutely shameful. Attacks such as these will hurt the people who are already the most disadvantaged, particularly LGBTI+ people, working class women, Indigenous Australians and other oppressed minorities. Amy Lamont MQ Students Against Uni Cuts
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    Created by Macquarie Students Against Uni Cuts MQ Picture
  • We Need Safe Apprenticeships
    A good apprenticeship provides all the tools you need to get started in a trade, setting you on the path to a rewarding career. But these days, some apprenticeships can be like the Wild West, with cowboy operators not properly training us, leaving us unsupervised, stealing our wages or - worst of all - putting our lives at risk by forcing us to do unsafe work. I went through a lot of this during my apprenticeship. I was excited to start my Boilermaker apprenticeship. I said to everyone; I want to fabricate things, forge things and it's going to be really cool. But during my apprenticeship I'd be working inside these barrels, no ventilation, no extraction fans, nothing. I'd have a p95 mask and I'd be in there for four hours, but within an hour the thing would be black and you couldn't breathe through it. I'd ask the boss for a new one and he would ask why I'd needed a new one. Often there was no one supervising me and the boss wouldn't release me and the other apprentices so we could go to Tafe. Unfortunately, my story isn't unique. It's become so bad that less than half of Victorian apprentices ever finish their training. This has to stop. Sign my petition to call on the Victorian Government to create a license system and regulatory body to protect apprentices like me.
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    Created by Jae Wassell, former apprentice