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Monday 23 May 2016

The ACTU will be addressing the Australian Health Benefits of Good Work Signatory Industry Forum in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 May 2016 even though its not a signatory to the Health Benefits of Work consensus statement.

In his presenation, ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick will make the point that during the last three decades, the concept of workers' compensation as a social or health policy has been eroded.

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Monday 16 May 2016

The Minister for Employment, Senator Cash, has written to her state and territory counterparts urging them to change their OHS laws to reflect the downgraded Model OHS Act. The Model Act was watered down in 2014 at the instigation of the then Newman Government in Queensland not long before it was decimated at the polls. The proposals to attack the Model OHS Act were enthusiastically embraced by the then Abbott Government.

The Turnbull Government has been a poor performer on OHS issues and has continued with the uncaring policies of the Abbott Government.

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

Safe Work Australia (SWA) is now seeking applications for the 2017 Graduate Program, with commencement from August 2016.
The 2017 Graduate Program offers:

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

The ACTU welcomes the decision by the ALP to appoint Hon. Jason Clare MHR as Shadow Minister for Resources and Dr Jim Chalmers MHR as Assistant Shadow Minister for Resources.

Given the inferior OHS laws applying in the offshore petroleum sector and the weak and unresponsive regulator, the ACTU and its affiliates have for several years been campaigning for substantial reforms.

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Tuesday 10 May 2016

Working closely with the elected officer with responsibility for OHS and workers’ compensation, this role ensures that Australian Unions are positioned as a leader in delivering safe and healthy workplaces, fair and equitable compensation for injured workers and that these issues are part of the ACTU campaigning strategy.

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Tuesday 10 May 2016
The Australian Workers' Union (AWU), the ACTU and Unions Tasmania were represented at yesterdays's commemoration event held in Beaconsfield near the former mine site. AWU National Secretary Scott McDine was in attendance as was Unions Tasmania Secretary Steve Walsh and ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick. Many Parliamentarians, including Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Hon.
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Tuesday 10 May 2016
Despite spending $23M on a Royal Commission, the Abbott / Turnball Government failed to make any improvements in OHS rules applying to workers working in roof spaces in residential dwellings, or OHS laws generally. The ACTU is continuing the fight to ensure changes are made so that company Directors are held accountable for workers killed at work.
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Tuesday 10 May 2016
The asbestos importation tsunami continues unabated given the lack of action by the Abbott / Turnball Government. The inquiry announced by Senator Abetz when Minister for Employment was hijacked by Minister Peter Dutton following Tony Abbott being ousted as Prime Minister and the appointment of a Senator Cash as the Minister for Employment. Minister Dutton adopted unnecessarily narrow terms of reference for the review and has refused to allow both the ACTU and asbestos support groups to make submissions to or meet with the reviewer.
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Friday 21 Aug 2015

The 4th ACTU Offshore Petroleum OHS Conference will be held at the:

 

Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, 380 William Street, Melbourne

(Flagstaff 2, 1st floor)

Tuesday 1 September 2015

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

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Monday 20 Jul 2015

A highly successful forum hosted by Cancer Council Australia was held in Sydney on 18 May 2015. To view the presentations click here.

Presenters at the forum included Dr Deb Vallance from the AMWU.

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Thursday 9 Jul 2015
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Friday 19 Jun 2015

The Abbott Government has released the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014-2018. This plan supersedes the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2013-2018 approved by then Minister Shorten in July 2013. The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2013-2018 has been removed from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency website.

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Friday 19 Jun 2015

The Rotterdam Convention meetings were held in Geneva in May 2015. At the meeting, Australia supported the listing of chrysotile asbestos in Annexure 3 to the convention. Requiring unanimous support, the establishment of a worldwide ban was opposed by a number of countries including Russia, Brazil and China.

Global union confederations Industriall and Building Workers International organised a protest in Geneva on 12 May. This action was instigated by the AMWU and CFMEU.

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Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has handed down its report into the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015.

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Monday 15 Jun 2015

The Australian Government has advertised the CEO poasition at Safe Work Australia (SWA). The agency leads the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. Membership of SWA comprises representatives of the federal, state and terrritory governments, ACTU and employer bodies.

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