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To: Malcolm Turnbull

Stop the PaTH to exploitation!

I’m 22, a University graduate, and out of work.

It’s hard enough to get a decent job these days - I need real support from the government, not a dud internship.

I’m worried businesses will see me as a cash cow and I won’t have any security after 12 weeks of working for $4 an hour.

I’m worried short-term internships like this will replace real jobs with real wages. I want a minimum wage just like everyone else.

This is work for the Dole 2.0: It didn’t lead to secure jobs for young people like me the first time round and this won’t either.

Why is this important?

Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal government have just expanded the PaTH program. These interns are paid $200 a fortnight and can work up to 50 hours a fortnight, including weekends.

That's about $4 an hour.

The minimum wage in Australia is $18.29 per hour, so that’s effectively a wage cut of $14.29 per hour. Every hour, every week, for 3 months.

We’ve been crunching the numbers and this could add up to nearly $4000 in stolen wages. Businesses will be able to burn and churn through disadvantaged young people every 3 months, all the while making a profit off tax-payers.

What about the young people out of work??


Reasons for signing

  • This government is incapable of putting in place programs that would actually be beneficial. All they do is steal from the poor and give unearned money to the rich. Greed is a disease. Our government is run by diseased opportunists who should never be in a position to harm vulnerable people.
  • I am sick to death of workers being ripped off.
  • This is a joke. The intern should get the award rate for whatever job they are doing - apprentice rate if applicable for an unskilled person doing a trade.

Updates

2016-06-22 15:49:45 +1000

ICYMI: An outgoing Liberal MP has confirmed what we suspected all along - this isn't about jobs for young people at all!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/robstott/try-before-you-buy-what-the-governments-youth-internships-lo?utm_term=.epPwj08Ld#.wjXblPwBV

2016-05-12 07:49:35 +1000

This is big. Legal advice sought by the ACTU has indicated that the PaTH program is "technically illegal" and would require a massive change in the fundementals of our workplace rights system.

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/coalitions-840-million-interns-plan-illegal-lawyers-20160511-gosd1e.html

2016-05-06 15:11:12 +1000

BREAKING: The Libs have just admitted to the Senate Estimates committee that young people working under the PaTH scheme will not even be covered by workers' compensation laws - meaning that they could be out of pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars if they get injured on the job.

This is outrageous. Read more:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-and-officials-defend-4-an-hour-job-scheme-against-intern-churn-fears-20160506-goo2ga.html

https://www.facebook.com/AustralianUnions/photos/a.332664936832136.72410.316480331783930/1159733540791934/?type=3&theater

2016-05-06 10:06:13 +1000

Want to know more about PaTH? Check out this write up from the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/04/youth-intern-scheme-will-exploit-workers-and-replace-real-jobs-say-unions

2016-05-05 17:52:43 +1000

100 signatures reached

2016-05-05 14:51:47 +1000

50 signatures reached

2016-05-05 14:08:35 +1000

25 signatures reached

2016-05-05 13:46:40 +1000

10 signatures reached