• Stop Private Companies From Punishing Unemployed
    In July, the AUWU launched its Dump Your Demerits Campaign and encouraged unemployed workers to fight the imposition of unfair demerit points. Between July and September this year, 50% of unemployed workers facing the ‘penalty zone’ successfully managed to get Centrelink to Dump Their Demerits. This shows that the Demerit Point system is simply continuation the unfairness of the previous compliance system which also had a 50% error rate. This is a national disgrace. By stripping unemployed workers of their right to appeal unfair penalties and denying them a right to a reasonable excuse, the Coalition is creating a segregated society. Unemployed Australians – people who have ended up unemployed due to no fault of their own – are being branded as second-class citizens. If an unemployed worker faces an abusive employment service provider, there is nothing they can do. They have nowhere to turn. We know the employment services system is broken. In 2015-16, job agencies imposed two million penalties on unemployed workers - a seven times increase since 2010. Why is the Coalition giving job agencies more powers to punish unemployed workers? Join the AUWU's struggle for dignity.
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    Created by Australian Unemployed Workers Union Picture
  • Tell Turnbull to apologise to aged care workers!
    Malcolm Turnbull has just shown us what he really thinks of aged care workers and the care we give. We provide quality care to older Australians and help ensure they have dignified lives. It’s hard to imagine what a “better job” could be, but our rate of pay doesn’t reflect that. Honestly, Malcolm Turnbull’s attitude towards aged care is nothing new. He has already cut funding for aged care by more than a billion dollars, leaving aged care service providers struggling to provide the care our older Australians deserve. Turnbull has done a massive disservice to aged care workers like myself and the people we care for. The people we care for have done so much for our community and now I feel we’re failing when it’s our turn to care for them. He claims he values aged care but his words and actions don’t line up. Turnbull needs not only to apologise for his comments, but put his money where his mouth is and increase funding to aged care. Let’s make it very clear: Turnbull needs to value aged care workers and the people we care for!
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  • Send a message to Louise Staley - make wage theft a crime
    Stealing is wrong. Yet every year thousands of workers in regional Victoria are robbed. They are victims of wage theft. Wage theft is when companies deliberately underpay workers or refuse to pay superannuation. If workers stole from the till, we could go to jail. But if bosses steal from us, all they have to do is pay it back, if they’re ever caught. How is that fair? The rules are broken. The current laws make wage theft too easy and the punishment is too light. It’s now so common it’s become a business model. Business owners right now are getting rich by stealing from their staff. WE NEED TO CHANGE THE RULES Louise Staley, the Andrews Labor Government has committed to make wage theft a crime, will you?
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    Created by Emma Pritchard, We Are Union volunteer
  • Tell the PM to apologise to care workers!
    Malcolm Turnbull just proved one thing: how little he values care workers, and the people we care for. For many of our aged and disabled clients, we are their only link to a dignified life. It’s hard work, but it’s absolutely vital – and I’d be hard pressed to find a ‘better’ or more rewarding job. Yet tens of thousands of Australians are waiting for home care packages or for room in aged care facilities, while the people who do the vital work of caring for them struggle to get by – with the rate of pay no where near matching the demands of the job. This is a national disgrace, and I don’t believe Turnbull's views reflect how Australians feel about some of our most hard-working and caring citizens – or our most vulnerable. Turnbull's comments did a disservice to both, and care workers and the people we work with deserve not just an apology, but genuine recognition. Care workers deserve fairness, certainty, and recognition for our work – not derision from our Prime Minister. Add your voice to make it loud and clear: care workers need jobs you can count on!
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  • KEEP RAMSAY CENTRE OUT OF USYD
    The Ramsay Centre is a private body with $3 billion to establish a “Western Civilisation” arts degree at major universities, funded by a bequest from private health magnate and top Liberal Party donor Paul Ramsay. The Ramsay Centre aims to give academic respectability to racist ideas under the guise of celebrating “Western Civilisation” and its supposed supremacy. Board members of the Ramsay Centre include hard right former Liberal Prime Ministers, John Howard and Tony Abbott. Speaking to the course content of the proposed Ramsay Centre, Abbott affirmed the Centre’s conservative and Eurocentric vision, emphasising “it’s not just about Western Civilisation but in favour of it”. Structural discrimination will be introduced to the humanities with enormous resources, including $25,000 scholarships and small tutorial sizes, given to students who study “Western Civilisation” but not to students that study areas they deem inferior; those Abbott decries as “pervaded by Asian, Indigenous and sustainability perspectives”. University staff have expressed well founded concerns regarding academic independence. Ramsay Centre CEO Simon Haines has said they will review all course content, not hire teachers who have criticised Western civilisation and will withdraw funding if they think the course isn’t sufficiently pro-West. Universities should be a place to challenge dominant ideas, institutions and systems - not a place where billionaires can buy influence over curriculum, staffing and pedagogy in order to pedal racism disguised as appreciation for “Western Culture”. The University is selling control over its curriculum to the highest bidder and turning a blind eye to academic freedom and integrity to do so. We are strongly opposed to the University entering into any arrangement with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation.
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    Created by University of Sydney Students' Representative Council Picture
  • Hairy Little Sista: Stop Stealing Wages
    Across the hospitality industry, from Barry Cafe to Chin Chin to Vue de Monde, wage theft has become a business model. Hospo workers are fed up and now we’re fighting back. We have joined together to launch Hospo Voice, a powerful new union just for hospo workers so we can hold employers to account. We're calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a full audit of Hairy Little Sista and order repayment of unpaid wages to all past and present staff. Right now.
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    Created by Harry Connor
  • Stop the Liberal’s plans to privatise the ABC
    The ABC is a national treasure. It provides high quality entertainment and news services for all of us. Now the Libs want to sell it to the highest bidder. We need to keep it in public hands so it can continue to educate and entertain the next generation of Australians without ads and without a right-wing agenda.
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    Created by Matt Kunkel
  • Stop the Curtin Trimonster
    Curtin University has sneakily unveiled a plan in the middle of exams to introduce Trimesters. This plan would see Curtin Students lose a tuition free week each semester as well as their study week or teaching week before exams. All this so they can squeeze in a whole extra semester each year. These proposals would see students and staff under more pressure, with less time for study and assessments. Less time to work and support their families and puts students receiving Centrelink, Private Health and Transperth concessions at risk amongst numerous other problems. We all deserve a quality education and this proposal will result in the exact opposite. Stop the Trimonster. Save our Semesters.
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    Created by Curtin Student Guild
  • Keep Our Firearms Registry Secure
    The NSW Firearms Registry was established in 2002, and is managed by the NSW Police Force. Its role is to administer the Firearms and Prohibited Weapons legislation. The core business of the Registry involves maintaining accurate, up-to-date and secure information relating to the location of legal firearms. The Registry is responsible for much more than this, however - it also plays a crucial role in building community awareness and education in relation to firearm and prohibited weapons by providing the community with information on the possession, use and safe storage of firearms and prohibited weapons. The Firearms Registry also offers a range of services, including issuing firearm licences and permits to individuals, businesses, clubs and dealers, the registration of firearms and the monitoring of compliance of the Firearms Act 1996, the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 and associated regulations. The Registry was moved to Murwillumbah in 2000 as part of the former Carr Government's strategy of decentralising public service functions away from Sydney and stimulating jobs in regional areas. The Office now employs around 90 locals, predominantly women. The current Liberal/National Party State Government, however, has told workers that one third of these positions will be terminated in the coming months. This includes 15 temporary contract workers who will lose their jobs at the end of June, and a further 15 contract employees who will not have their contracts renewed. Management has told staff that the job cuts are needed to save money after a blow-out in the cost of a new web site and database being developed by Service NSW. A weakened Firearms Registry means weaker defences against the use of guns in our community. It means that Police Officers will no longer have access to reliable information about potential firearm risks when responding to call-outs. It means a greater risk of guns going "missing". And it means that our world-leading gun ownership regime, which was introduced after the Port Arthur massacre and has seen the number of criminal incidents involving firearms dropping by around 50 per cent, would be needlessly undermined.
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  • Hair stylists need a pay cut like a hole in the head!
    Hairdressing is already one of the lowest paid trades. This proposal by HABA would be a kick in the guts hairdressers just don’t need, particularly when pay is already so low. HABA is a powerful lobby group that represent salon owners. It’s time hairdressers made their voice heard! Make your voice count and sign this petition.
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    Created by Hair Stylists Australia
  • Job Security for Court Security
    Governments should support safe and secure jobs. In the interest of community safety. The Barnett State Government put the WA Court Security work out to tender, saving $36 million. Won only at the expense of the wages of the court security officers and at the expense of communities that rely on the risk these officers take at their jobs every day. These officers are now being sentenced to a deal that: 1. Divides the workers on 2 different rates of pay 2. Does not pay allowances for working in the regions (much to the detriment of communities that rely on the risk these officers undertake.) These workers have been fighting for 12 months and have had ENOUGH. Now they are taking action. Sign this petition to support them holding their employer and the WA State Government to account. Read more about the history of this fight here: http://www.twuwa.org.au/articles/view/job-security-for-court-security.html
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  • Steven Marshall: Fund the Gap for Critical Mental Health Services by June 30
    Community based, mental health support programs like the Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs) are crucial in supporting people dealing with mental health issues to live a good life. With federal funding for the program being cut by 50% on June 30, thousands of South Australians currently benefiting from the program will be left without support and the jobs of approximately 150 highly trained workers have been put at risk. Join Australian Services Union members and key organisations in the mental health sector in calling on South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to step up and fill the funding gap before June 30 to save this crucial mental health program.
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    Created by Australian Services Union SA & NT