alanna, Author at United Workers Union
July 1, 2020

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Signed by United Workers Union & 17 other organisations   Researchers fear that COVID-19 has created a humanitarian crisis among international students and migrant workers in Australia. Service, advocacy organisations and community networks know this is true, because we are seeing it first-hand. People have lost their jobs but have been excluded from JobKeeper and JobSeeker safety nets. Students have been forced to line up around the block for their next meal. Refugees and people seeking asylum who were previously employed, are now struggling to keep food on the table for their families and a roof over their heads. Vulnerable migrants, including undocumented workers are left at risk, afraid to access medical care or government support. The ‘International Students and Wage Theft in Australia ‘ report published by researchers at the University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney highlights a […]
May 10, 2020

Leslie

Ive gone from working two jobs 7 days roughly 55 to 60hrs a week to near nothing over the last two weeks. Its been a struggle to go from being offered full-time contracts from both of my work places which I absolutely love to now not working at all. Covid-19 has delayed everything for me as I didn’t get to sign any contracts before everything went into lockdown and to top it off I’m not even eligible for the governments jobkeeper payments as I haven’t even been in Canberra for 8 months. In hospitality we follow the work/shifts for a lot of us its seasonal we go from place to place to secure our pays and that’s how we survive. It seems like the government doesn’t care about our industry or even understands it by putting the limits on for jobkeeper. Im lucky I was offered a supervisor role for […]
April 29, 2020

Welcome emergency support for international students in Victoria – Federal Government must now follow the lead of states and territories

MEDIA RELEASE   Welcome emergency support for international students in Victoria – Federal Government must now follow the lead of states and territories United Workers Union welcomes the announcement from the Victorian Government of emergency financial support for international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The union has been highlighting the terrible situation of international students in crisis with widespread job losses and financial distress. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg can no longer be inactive on these issues and must extend this assistance federally during the COVID-19 period. Tim Kennedy, United Workers Union National Secretary says, “United Workers Union takes heart from another state or territory government taking action on this issue and the Victorian government’s recognition of the contribution of international students to the state’s society and economy. No worker should be left behind in the coronavirus crisis. “The union’s international student members have been facing a dire situation, cut off […]
April 28, 2020

Welcome assistance for ACT temporary visa workers – Federal Government must now follow ACT lead

MEDIA RELEASE   Welcome assistance for ACT temporary visa workers – Federal Government must now follow ACT lead United Workers Union welcomes the announcement from the ACT Government of free medical care in the ACT public health service for temporary visa workers and international students during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside an emergency fund to help visa workers and international students who have lost their jobs. The union has been highlighting the heartbreaking situation of migrant members in crisis and welcomes the move to provide medical and financial support to these workers. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg must take notice of these moves in the ACT to assist workers who contribute so much to our economy and community. He must extend this assistance federally during the COVID-19 period. Ensuring free health care helps all workers, protecting public health and welfare across the board. Lyndal Ryan, United Workers Union ACT spokesperson says, “United […]
April 22, 2020

Welcome support for Tasmanian visa workers – Federal Government must now follow Tasmania’s lead

MEDIA RELEASE   Welcome support for Tasmanian visa workers – Federal Government must now follow Tasmania’s lead United Workers Union welcomes the decision by the Tasmanian Government to provide $3 million of financial assistance to temporary migrant workers. The union’s migrant members have been facing a dire situation, cut off from Federal Government assistance and affordable healthcare during the coronavirus crisis. The union wrote to Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein last week highlighting the heartbreaking situation of migrant members in crisis and welcomes the move to provide some support to these workers – as well as recognising their importance to Tasmania’s society and economy. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg must take notice of this move to assist workers who contribute so much to our economy and community – he can extend this assistance at a national level with the stroke of a pen. Jannette Armstrong, United Workers Union Tasmanian spokesperson says, “United […]
April 9, 2020

Security guards at Perth quarantine hotels asked to remove masks because it was ‘upsetting and intimidating guests’

MEDIA RELEASE   Security guards at Perth quarantine hotels asked to remove masks because it was ‘upsetting and intimidating guests’ United Workers Union, the security union, is hugely concerned that members working at quarantine hotels in Perth have been instructed to remove masks after site supervisors claimed it was ‘upsetting and intimidating guests’. Workers in dangerous situations must be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and clear health and safety information during the coronavirus crisis. Security guards and cleaners in quarantine hotels have been providing a crucial service as they put themselves at risk to keep the community safe and protected from the Covid-19 virus. Carolyn Smith, United Workers Union W.A. spokesperson says, “The union has been contacted by distressed members. Being handed a mask and then having that mask taken away when working in a high risk environment is unacceptable and reckless in the current health crisis. “Serco has […]
April 7, 2020

Aprons plastered to bar windows in silent protest at neglect of casual & migrant hospitality workers

MEDIA RELEASE   Aprons plastered to bar windows in silent protest at neglect of casual & migrant hospitality workers Jobless hospitality workers are writing their stories on aprons and sticking them to the windows of bars to protest being ignored in the Morrison Government’s Covid-19 stimulus package. The social media and awareness raising campaign was launched by digital union Hospo Voice ahead of Parliament voting on the Government’s JobKeeper package on Wednesday. Casual and migrant hospitality workers who are facing homelessness have turned to the silent protest to ramp up the pressure on the government and draw attention to their desperation. Early this morning the windows of several well-known bars in Fitzroy – a once-bustling hospitality strip – were plastered with aprons. Hospo Voice will now take the protest nationwide, with fellow hospitality workers, diners, drinkers and cafe-goers being asked to hang aprons on their letterboxes and fences and post […]
April 7, 2020

Educators catching coronavirus must spur urgent hygiene and safety guidelines for the whole ECEC sector

MEDIA RELEASE   Educators catching coronavirus must spur urgent hygiene and safety guidelines for the whole ECEC sector United Workers Union, the early childhood union, is renewing calls for centres that are failing to deliver the highest standards of hygiene and safety during the coronavirus crisis to be shut down. The call comes following alarming news for the sector, with the union being told that two educators in Sydney have been admitted to ICU for coronavirus. The union is demanding that all early education facilities across Australia follow the union’s 6 point plan for hygiene and safety – if they cannot implement this plan they should not be operating. Educators and families must feel safe during this crisis. The union’s plan includes temperature checks for children upon arrival, increased personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, and adequate time for increased cleaning and hygiene implementation. Because early childhood educators cannot practice […]
April 7, 2020

“We Can Use This Crisis to Reconceptualize the Economy” – An interview with Tim Kennedy

MEDIA FEATURE   “We Can Use This Crisis to Reconceptualize the Economy” – An interview with Tim Kennedy Interview by Daniel Lopez – Read the full interview on Jacobin Australian workers are finally being addressed in the government’s rescue packages, but the measures go nowhere near far enough. National Secretary of the United Workers’ Union Tim Kennedy argues that the crisis offers an opportunity for genuine pushback and transformation. The United Workers Union (UWU) was formed in 2019, as a merger between United Voice and the National Union of Workers. With 150,000 members, the union organizes horticultural laborers, logistics workers, manufacturing workers, entertainment, hospitality and tourism workers, cleaners, and many others who are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The UWU has a strong commitment to organizing undocumented and seasonal workers. It stands in a tradition of militancy: its predecessor unions having organized a number of successful strikes […]
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