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NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry

This submission will provide an overview of union concerns in relation to the 2019-20 NSW bushfires, and make several recommendations with respect to primarily industrial concerns. The submission will be structured around the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry. For the purposes of this submission, “Bushfires” will refer to the bushfires in NSW over the devastating 2019-20 season which are the subject of the Inquiry.
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Visa Assist Annual Report 2020

Visa Assist is a partnership between Unions NSW and the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC), designed to advocate for and advise union members with immigration matters.
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No Worker Left Behind - Survey Results 2020

Unions NSW’s survey is the first large-scale data set regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related govern-ment economic and social restrictions, upon temporary migrants. Temporary migrants have been particularly impact-ed because of the reluctance of the Australian government to extend access to its JobKeeper and JobSeeker schemes to visa holders.
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Future Work report: A robot took my job

Unions NSW commissioned YouGov to conduct a survey of Australian attitudes and feelings towards automation. This research demonstrates a deep anxiety about automation, and a hunger for governments to intervene and help.
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‘The robot apocalypse is coming — and they will take our jobs’

Secure, well-paid jobs are slowly evaporating and being replaced by electronic and digital alternatives. But if we don’t take action soon, our economy will be ruined.
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Hazardous Air Quality: The New Normal?

New South Wales has experienced an unprecedented drop in air quality over the 2019-2020 summer. Bushfire smoke has blanketed rural and urban areas for days at a time. With experts warning that climate change will cause more intense and frequent bushfires, New South Wales must prepare for the new normal. Unions NSW has produced this document to propel this discussion forward into concrete actions the NSW Government can take to protect people’s health.
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Ensuring Integrity Bill - Submission to Senate Inquiry

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 (Cth) provides excessive and unnecessary external oversight of the leadership, staffing and internal operations of registered trade unions. It confers significant power to the Minister, employers and broader corporate interests to interfere with the democratic operation of trade unions.
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Wage Theft Report

Unions NSW undertook an audit of job advertisements on Chinese, Korean and Spanish language websites. The audit found 78% of businesses advertised rates of pay below the minimum Award wage.
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Sexual Harassment Discussion Paper

This discussion paper arises out of the #MeToo movement, which has created significant momentum for change to prevent sexual harassment and provide avenues for justice. In the context of significant media attention and a social media storm there was leadership from law firm Maurice Blackburn, which developed several legislative asks to make it easier for women to come forward and seek justice if they have experienced workplace sexual harassment. Now Australia was formed in March 2018 to help guide those currently experiencing sexual harassment or those with historical experiences of sexual harassment to the appropriate legal and psychological support. In May 2018 Unions NSW began to organise a roundtable discussion at NSW Parliament to discuss possible options for reform. Then in July 2018 the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment.
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