Work Health and Safety

How unions make workplace mental health more than an annual check-in

Date Published: 08/09/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

If your employer is relying on days like R U OK to check in on your mental health – or worse, requesting workmates check in on each other one day a year without support from management – then that’s a huge red flag.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/08/how-unions-make-workplace-mental-health-more-than-an-annual-check-in/

Four tips for taking a mental health day

Date Published: 16/08/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Really, we shouldn’t have to think twice about taking a sick day when we want to look after our mental health. But if you have any doubts or simply just want to make the most of your day off, here are four tips that will come in handy. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/16/four-tips-for-taking-a-mental-health-day/

The deadly dust behind your kitchen bench

Date Published: 19/07/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

A new study from Curtin University predicts as many as 10,000 Australians will develop lung cancer in their lifetime due to exposure to silica dust. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/19/the-deadly-dust-behind-your-kitchen-bench/

How to prepare for the third wave of COVID-19

Date Published: 14/07/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

COVID hospitalisations in Australia have soared to more than 4,000 people. The last time we saw a figure this high was in February this year during the summer Omicron outbreak.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/14/how-to-prepare-for-the-third-wave-of-covid-19/

A discount on yoga classes doesn’t cut it: Three common signs of a mentally unhealthy workplace and how to fix it

Date Published: 13/06/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Things don’t have to break before they can be fixed The world is waking up to the importance of workers who feel supported, safe and satisfied.   Unfortunately, sometimes the business’s profitability drives this change in the workplace.   The purely profit-driven approach to mental health goes something like this: Happy workers are hard workers. Hard workers…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/13/a-discount-on-yoga-classes-doesnt-cut-it-three-common-signs-of-a-mentally-unhealthy-workplace-and-how-to-fix-it/

What Injured Workers Day means for Australians

Date Published: 01/06/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Injured Workers Day is about fighting for concrete changes to workplace legislation and make sure every worker can go to work and get home safely. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/01/what-injured-workers-day-means-for-australians/

Workplace fatalities increase 32% under Morrison Government

Date Published: 27/04/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Showing up at work shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk. But a report from the ACTU shows Morrison’s failings have endangered workers lives. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/27/workplace-fatalities-increase-32-under-morrison-government/

Let’s talk about Mental Health at Work

Date Published: 22/03/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Australia has come a long way in recognising the importance of addressing workplace mental health, but there’s still a long way to go.  
  
The best way to protect your mental health at work? Joining your union.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/03/22/lets-talk-about-mental-health-at-work/

Morrison can no longer leave the disabilities sector to struggle alone

Date Published: 28/02/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Earlier this month, unions, workers, service providers and people with disability met with MPs in Canberra to call on the Morrison Government to provide the disability sector with much needed support.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/28/morrison-can-no-longer-leave-the-disabilities-sector-to-struggle-alone/