Everyone has the right to work in a secure job with decent pay.
From keeping people safe during the pandemic to helping communities get back on their feet after floods, workers have kept this country running. While Australia has emerged from lockdowns in better shape than many countries, our wages, stagnant for nearly a decade, are not keeping up with the sky rocketing cost of living, and insecure work is rife. Other major challenges are also impacting upon the world of work, from the climate emergency to strains in the care economy and the changing nature of work.
The Jobs Summit in early September is the chance to chart a course towards full and secure employment for all. The Jobs Summit Series – a series of papers released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in the lead up to the Summit – aims to provoke debate and build common ground on what that course could be.
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An Economy That Works For People
The ‘economy’ is not some independent entity, possessing its own emotions and decision-making capacity, that must be satisfied with appropriate gifts and sacrifices in order to function effectively. The economy is us. It is the place where we work, produce and consume: in hopes of living our lives to the fullest, in healthy families and communities and with a sustainable environment.
Skilling the Nation
To meet the challenges ahead, Australia needs a highly skilled workforce. But we cannot simply go back to the pre-pandemic status quo of employers using and abusing migrant workers to fill skills gaps while failing to offer jobs and training to local workers. The Jobs Summit is an opportunity to reset Australia’s skills and migration systems to meet the needs of workers, employers, and the challenges ahead for our country.
Secure Jobs for a Safer Climate
Australia is already dealing with the devastating effects of the climate crisis. Droughts, bushfires, extreme heat, and floods are already a major threat to the health and safety of Australian workers, their families and communities, the environment, and to Australia’s continued economic prosperity.
Delivering equity for women at work
If you are a woman working today, chances are that you will earn less than a man, have less job security and retire with less income. The barriers facing women are high, wide and complicated. Many are deeply entrenched in our economy, society and our culture. Solutions therefore need to match the scale of these structural problems.
Underfunding, low wages, unsafe working conditions…
We need a National Care Compact to confront the challenges in care
The six principles of the National Care Compact
- Secure work and fair pay for the workforce.The skills and support for staff to have rewarding careers.
- Investment in enough staff to be able to provide quality care.
- Safe workplaces including appropriate PPE, testing, training and paid pandemic leave.
- Accessible and affordable care for users, including free and universal ECEC.
- Ensure operators are delivering on these principles by improving standards, transparency and reporting, overseen by properly resourced public regulators.
We believe that together, we can achieve change
Changing Australia to ensure all workers have decent wages, secure jobs and safe workplaces is possible. We can make it happen through a common vision and strength in numbers.
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