ash.telford@unitedworkers.org.au, Author at United Workers Union
June 16, 2021

STATEMENT ON FAIR WORK COMMISSION MINIMUM WAGE DECISION

Background: The United Workers Union represents a large percentage of minimum wage and award reliant workers such as cleaners, security guards, early childhood educators, food services workers, farm workers, hospitality workers and aged and home care workers. Quotes attributable to United Workers Union National Secretary Tim Kennedy: “An $18.80 per-week increase to minimum wage appears favourable on the surface but doesn’t go far enough to address the ever-widening gap in inequality. “The $18.80, which amounts to $0.49-per-hour, will do little to help those struggling with big increases in cost of living – for food, energy and housing. “To compound this very small increase for Australian workers, many essential workers will have to wait later in the year despite being the very workers who keep our society working through the ongoing pandemic. “Economic indicators show that Australia is well on the way to recovery and in some States, their economy is […]
June 11, 2021

FITNESS WORKERS NEED SUPPORT The future is bleak for the more than 10,000 workers employed in the fitness industry with eased restrictions in Victoria not allowing for the reopening of gyms. Without JobKeeper, people employed in gyms and other fitness facilities are facing a drastic drop in income for at least another week. The industry has already faced a sharp decline after jobs for those employed in ‘Sports and Physical Recreation Activities’ were halved in 2020, according to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Under the Federal Government’s COVID grant scheme, many fitness workers have been deemed ineligible and those that have qualified had to jump through hoops to secure the payment of either $500, or $350-per-week, dependent on hours worked. Both payments were well below the poverty line. “Workers in the fitness industry have been overlooked throughout the COVID-19 crisis,” United Workers Union Allied Director Godfrey Moase said. “This […]
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