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To: Victorian State Government & Australian Federal Government

OPEN LETTER OF JOINT DEMANDS: COVID19 VICTORIAN LOCKDOWN

OPEN LETTER OF JOINT DEMANDS: COVID19 VICTORIAN LOCKDOWN

To the Victorian State Government and Australian Federal Government

RAHU and the undersigned urgently demand the following measures to be instated immediately, in order for renters to stay at home:

RAHU urgently demands the Victorian State Government:

1. Immediately reinstate the COVID19 Protections for Renters
2. Immediately enact an amnesty on rental payments for renters affected for any reason by COVID19 for the length of Stage 4 Restrictions
3. Provide a $500 stimulus support payment for every rental household in Victoria

RAHU demands the Federal Government immediately:

1. Reinstate JobKeeper payments
2. Reinstate the JobSeeker COVID19 Supplement
3. Double Commonwealth Rent Assistance payments and fast track applications
4. All rental debts accrued due to the impacts of the pandemic are to be forgiven with no fault or penalty

Signed:

Renters And Housing Union (RAHU)
Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU)
Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU)
Migrante Melbourne
Gabriela Australia
Anakbayan Melbourne
Industrial Workers of the World – Kulin Nations (IWW)
Housing Action for the Aged Group Inc. (HAAG)
Fair Go for Pensioners Victoria (FGFP)
Save Public Housing Collective (SPHC)
Living Incomes For Everyone (LIFE)
Flat Out Inc
Disabled and Neurodiverse Workers’ Alliance (DNWA)
Homelessness Action Geelong (HAG)
Fitzroy Legal Service (VIC)
Casualised, Unemployed and Precarious University Workers (CUPUW)
Health And Community Services Union (HACSU)
GetUp!
NTEU UniMelb Branch (VIC)
Rail Tram & Bus Union (RTBU) VIC
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) VIC
Tomorrow Movement

Why is this important?

Victorian renters are overrepresented in casual work and will lose more than a week’s income that is urgently needed to pay rent.

Victorian renters including older renters are already facing eviction, including self-evicting due to significant rental stress and Notices To Vacate since the COVID19 protections were lifted.

Renters in significant hardship are facing rental increases in some cases by 25% in regional areas, as well as compounded COVID19 rental debt in addition to standard rental payments since the moratorium legislation was lifted on March 29th.

Insecure, casual and low income workers are in significant insecurity and displacement since income support measures and the Rental Moratorium were scrapped from March 29th.

Temporary Visa holders have been hit with extreme debt and forced into repayment of up to $20,000 in JobKeeper payments, as well as student and rental debts.


Reasons for signing

  • Because finances are hard enough at the best of times. This is NOT the best of times
  • Because I am barely surviving this lockdown and have been contemplating permanent options to what SHOULD be a temporary situation, which is NOT OKAY!! We need help!!
  • I signed because my daughter who is sixty Y/O and can only obtain casual work which does not pay enough to pay rent on suitable accommodation. This worries me greatly. I never thought my children would have to suffer like this.

Updates

2021-06-08 16:40:25 +1000

Today, on behalf of 19 Unions and Organisations and more than 1,300 signatories, RAHU delivered the petition to State and Federal Ministers to urgently reinstate COVID19 protections.
We will continue to push for our demands, and continue to deliver this petition with every new 500 signatures
You can help by sharing with your friends and networks, let's get it to 1,500!

2021-06-03 08:20:04 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-06-02 12:18:34 +1000

We've reached over 500 signatures in just one day, your support is so important

The Victorian Government has just announced an extension on restrictions for another 7 days.
If restrictions can be extended, so can the support measures needed to keep us in our homes.

Share with your friends and networks and let's get to 1,000 signatures!

2021-06-01 21:45:05 +1000

500 signatures reached

2021-05-31 18:32:43 +1000

100 signatures reached

2021-05-31 17:14:52 +1000

50 signatures reached

2021-05-31 16:26:31 +1000

25 signatures reached

2021-05-31 15:59:14 +1000

10 signatures reached