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.
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To: Victorian State Government & Australian Federal Government
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
Renters And Housing Union (RAHU)
Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU)
Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU)
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)
NTEU UniMelb Branch (VIC)
Rail Tram & Bus Union (RTBU) VIC
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) VIC
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.