First Nations Workers Alliance - ACTU Australian Unions

First Nations Workers Alliance

All Australians deserve the opportunity to have a good, steady job and the dignity of work. The Turnbull Government’s Community Development Program (CDP) is depriving tens of thousands of people of that opportunity. It’s punitive, heavy-handed and racially discriminatory and the Union movement is determined to see it removed.

The Problem

CDP workers are not actually classified as workers. They get well below the minimum wage (the dole pays $11.60/hour or $290/week) for working for 25 hours a week for non-profit and now for-profit businesses.

They are not covered by the Fair Work Act, they don’t have Federal OHS protections or workers compensation and they can’t take annual leave, sick leave or carer’s leave.

Those under the CDP are forced to work up to three times longer than city-based jobseekers to receive welfare payments.Since July 2015, less than 3,500 Indigenous participants found full-time or part-time work lasting six months or more.

CDP workers have 70 times the financial penalties imposed upon them than non-remote dole workers.

Fines for missing activities under CDP – which coverers a tiny fraction of the population – account for more than half the total penalties across the entire welfare system.

What the union movement is doing about it?

We are working with CDP workers and the community to give a voice to these workers who are being exploited.

The First Nations Workers’ Alliance is a new organisation which will campaign to end the CDP and replace it with a program that works for Indigenous people rather than oppressing them.

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  • test actuonline
    commented 2018-05-03 10:54:23 +1000
    Something needs to be done. Talk about minimum wage issues, it’s happening in all industries. Take for example what is happening in the transport sector. All these ride sharing companies are popping up and the drivers are getting next to nothing by the time they pay taxes and expenses. Plus hard working providers like are left paying even higher taxes and have less market share.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-08-07 05:39:16 +1000
    First Nations Workers Alliance…….lol……..they have to have a job first……
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-07-08 09:34:18 +1000
    Great to see the ACTU and Queensland Council of Unions crew at NAIDOC 2017 Musgrave Park Brisbane 2017.

    FNWA is great campaign!

    Let’s win this one and keep going with FNWA!

    Well done Sally McManus and all at ACTU Melbourne.

    Campaigning wins!

    Dare to struggle, dare to win!

    Mark Taylor
    Australian Services Union delegate
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    followed this page 2017-07-04 18:31:55 +1000
  • test actuonline
    published this page in Campaigns 2017-06-22 10:55:03 +1000