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  • Ensuring Integrity Bill – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    29/08/2019

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    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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  • award
    below award
    CALD
    culturally and linguistically diverse
    international students
    job ads
    migrant workers
    minimum wages
    right of entry
    temporary migrant workers
    underpaid
    underpayment
    wage theft

    Wage Theft Report

    07/12/2018

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    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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  • AD Act
    adverse action
    AHRC
    anti-discrimination
    Australian Human Rights Commission
    change the rules
    discrimination
    harassment
    me too
    metoo
    safety
    SD Act
    Sexual harassment
    women
    work health and safety

    Sexual Harassment Discussion Paper

    04/10/2018

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    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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  • electricity
    NSW not for sale
    privatisation
    privatised
    public assets
    public infrastructure
    public services
    stop the sell off

    Privatisation of State Assets – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    09/02/2015

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    The Federal Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative seeks to incentivise State Governments to privatise assets. The initiative emphasises the short term profits of privatisation, but overlooks the broader policy implications and long term economic issues.

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  • electricity
    NSW not for sale
    privatisation
    privatised
    public assets
    public infrastructure
    public services
    stop the sell off

    Electricity Privatisation – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    03/08/2015

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    Despite claims about the economic advantages of privatisation made by the NSW Liberal Government, the privatisation agenda of the last three decades has resulted in cuts to public services, finalisation of few large scale infrastructure projects and an ongoing budget deficit.

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  • dad and partner pay
    Paid parental leave
    PPL
    primary carers
    superannuation
    women

    Paid Parental Leave, Submission to Senate Inquiry

    03/08/2015

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    Unions NSW is vocal in the campaign for universal paid parental leave (PPL) that is guaranteed through government legislation and paid at wage replacement rates for 6 months. Access to PPL provides the best outcomes for new parents and babies while also encouraging women’s increased participation in the workforce.

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  • : budget
    NSW budget
    NSW Liberal National Government
    public sector efficiency dividend
    wages growth

    NSW Budget Briefing 2018

    04/10/2020

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    The NSW Liberal/National Government delivered a classic ‘election budget’ with short-term spending announcements and limited commitments to recurring expenditure for services and staffing.

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  • 417
    457
    backpacker
    exploitation
    international student
    student visa
    temporary migrant workers
    TSS
    visa
    wage theft

    Temporary Work Visas – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    14/10/2019

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    NSW believes temporary work visas should be built around a framework that provides workers with a timely and accessible mechanism to lodge claims against exploitative employers and are paid on par with local workers.

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  • code of practice
    Intern
    unpaid internship
    unpaid work trials
    work placement

    Unpaid Work Placements – Submission to NSW Inquiry

    07/02/2014

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    Unpaid work such as internships, need effective regulation and enforcement to ensure they promote learning and development opportunities. Unions NSW believes all forms of unpaid work should be covered by a national code of practice, enforceable through the Fair Work Commission.

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  • Airtasker
    casualisation
    disruptive employment
    exploitation
    gig-economy
    independent contractors
    NDIS
    sham contracting
    technological change
    wage theft

    Future of work and workers – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    20/02/2018

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    The pace and scale of changes in work are impossible to accurately predict. It is the role of Government to ensure we enter the uncertainty of the future well prepared; to ensure the benefits of technological advancement can be shared fairly and safeguards are put in place to ensure technology isn’t used as a tool to undermine pay and working conditions.

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  • Airtasker
    disruptive employment
    exploitation
    gig-economy
    independent contractors
    sham contracting
    transfer of business
    wage theft

    Avoidance of the Fair Work Act – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    02/02/2017

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    The nature of work, technology and trading hours have changed significantly since our industrial relations framework was established. However, there are ample provisions for employers to accommodate the needs of the ‘modern workforce’ built into the Fair Work Act. Deliberate attempts by employers to avoid the Fair Work Act to meet the needs of their business and promote ‘efficiency’ are lazy and often driven by greed and profit.

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  • agreement
    Airtasker
    Airtasker agreement
    disruptive employment
    exploitation
    gig-economy
    independent contractors
    injury insurance
    innovation
    safety
    sham contracting
    wage theft

    Airtasker report

    04/10/2016

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    A case study into the employment practices and employment conditions available to workers who use the online platform Airtasker.

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  • campaign
    election campaigning
    electoral communication
    electoral expenditure
    expenditure caps
    political communication
    third party campaigner
    union campaign

    Political Freedoms – Submission to Federal Inquiry

    25/09/2015

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    Unions NSW is concerned by state or federal government attempts to place restrictions on the implied freedom of political communication by seeking to restrict the spending of specific groups of third party campaigners during election periods. Such a move would be contrary to the principles of supporting the current freedoms associated with people’s right to participate in the democratic process of elections and would burden the implied freedom of political communication.

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  • campaigning
    election funding
    elections
    electoral expenditure
    political donations

    Political Donations – Submission to NSW Inquiry

    07/05/2015

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    Unions NSW response to the NSW Government’s 2014 Panel of Experts on political donations.

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  • acting in concert
    election
    electoral expenditure
    electoral funding act
    expenditure caps
    local government
    state government
    third party campaigner
    union campaign

    Local Government Expenditure Caps – Submission to NSW Inquiry

    18/09/2018

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    The Electoral Funding Act introduced expenditure caps for local government elections where previously there were no limits on spending. The caps are inconsistent, inequitable and are set at a level too low for candidates or third party campaigners to engage meaningfully in the electoral process.

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  • build a better future
    campaign
    election campaigning
    third party campaigner
    union campaign

    Federal Election – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    03/11/2016

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    Unions NSW and affiliated unions participated in the 2016 Federal Election as a third party campaigner through the ‘Build a Better Future’ campaign. Third party campaigners play a crucial role in the electoral process, providing voters with an avenue to collectively pool their resources and raise issues important to them. Unions NSW opposes any changes to the Commonwealth Electoral Act, 1989 which would restrict the ability for third party campaigners to participate in electoral campaigns.

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  • campaigning
    election
    NSW not for sale
    third party campaigner
    union campaign

    Campaigning at Polling places – Submission to NSW Inquiry

    17/07/2015

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    Third party campaigners play an important role in elections, raising the profile of issues important to voters. As member based organisations, unions work to educate and mobilise large number of activists and members to take part in political activities, including polling day. It is important NSW legislation supports this civic engagement and does not seek to limit the ability of third party campaigners and their volunteers to participate in election campaigns.

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  • acting in concert
    briefing paper
    campaign
    elections
    electoral expenditure
    electoral funding act
    expenditure caps
    NSW government
    state government
    third party campaigner
    union campaign

    Brief of Electoral Funding Act

    04/10/2018

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    The Electoral Funding Act (NSW) significantly restricts the ability of third party campaigners, like trade unions from participating in state elections. The Act halves the expenditure cap for third party campaigners and restricts third party campaigners from acting in concert.

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  • domestic violence
    dv
    family violence
    paid domestic violence leave
    paid family violence leave
    we won’t wait

    Domestic Violence Leave – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    26/09/2018

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    There is an urgent need for a universal entitlement to ten days paid domestic violence leave. This submission draws on evidence from front-line union members on the cost and time involved in living with and leaving violence and the urgent need for paid leave.

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  • 1800 RESPECT
    domestic violence
    dv
    family violence
    privatisation
    RDVSA
    violence against women

    1800 Respect – Submission to Senate Inquiry

    06/10/2018

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    Unions NSW response to the Federal Liberal Government’s move to privatise the 1800 RESPECT telephone counselling service. Under the Government’s plan, high value jobs will be replaced with lower paid, insecure work. This will undoubtedly affect service delivery and impact thousands of Australians who have come to rely on the service in their darkest hours.

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  • Apprentice
    Apprenticeship
    TAFE
    Trainee
    Traineeship
    Training
    Vocational Education

    Apprenticeships and Traineeship – Submission to NSW Review

    04/10/2018

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    The Unions NSW submission makes recommendations which support the current apprenticeship and traineeship model and advocate for greater safeguards against the exploitation of apprentices and trainees. The submission is based on surveys conducted with TAFE students in Nirrimba, Ultimo and Mount Druitt.

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  • Unions NSW Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme Submission
    Unions NSW CTP Submission
    Unions NSW WC Submission
    Unions NSW Workers Compensation Submission

    Submission to the 2018 review of the Compulsory Third Party insurance scheme

    17/06/2018

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    Unions NSW welcomes this opportunity to make a submission to the 2018 review of the Compulsory third Party insurance scheme. Unions NSW supports the submissions of its affiliated unions.

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  • Model WHS Legislation review
    Model Work Health & Safety Review
    Review 2018 model act
    Unions NSW Model Act Review Submission

    Submission to 2018 Review of the model WHS laws

    13/04/2018

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    Unions NSW is the peak body for Trade Unions in NSW representing over 60 affiliate unions with a membership of over 600 000 members from both blue and white collar industries.

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  • 2012 workers compensation cuts
    2016 submission
    first statutory review
    injured workers
    return to work inquiry
    Unions nsw submission
    Workers compensation

    Submission to 2016 Review of Workers Comp system

    09/10/2016

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    It was Mahatma Gandhi that said “the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”.

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  • Unions NSW Dispute Resolution Submission
    Unions NSW WC Dispute resolution submission
    Unions NSW WC Submission
    Unions NSW Workers Compensation Submission
    WC Dispute Resolution Review
    Workers Comp Dispute Resolution Review Submission by Unions NSW

    Submission re Workers Comp Dispute Resolution

    16/02/2018

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    Unions NSW welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation on improving workers compensation dispute resolution in NSW

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  • 100 stories
    2012 workers compensation cuts
    2016 submission
    first statutory review
    injured workers
    return to work inquiry
    stories
    Unions nsw submission
    Workers compensation

    100 Stories from Injured Workers

    30/10/2018

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    In 2016 Unions NSW conducted a Return to Work Inquiry taking evidence from injured workers about their experience of the workers compensation system. The 100 stories from injured workers formed a central part of the Unions NSW submission to the 2016 review of the workers compensation system.

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  • CAM Review
    SIRA CAM Review
    SIRA Claims Administration Manual Review Unions NSW
    Unions NSW CAM Submission
    Unions NSW WC Submission
    Unions NSW Workers Compensation Submission

    Submission re Workers Comp Claims Administration Manual

    25/05/2018

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    Unions NSW welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Claims & administration manual guidelines (CAM) review discussion paper.

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