Stop Turnbull's PaTH to Poverty - ACTU Australian Unions

Stop Turnbull's PaTH to Poverty


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

Everyone deserves a secure job, even young people.

Let’s be real. You are replacing 10,000 fully paid jobs with tax payer paid $4 an hour positions for young working people. It’s just free labour for retailers.

Your PaTH progam is a path to poverty. Mr Turnbull, why don’t young people deserve to be paid properly? Why don’t they get proper training? Why don’t they deserve normal workplace rights?

It’s just another example of our broken rules. Rules that give big business, chains like Bakers Delight, too much power.

 “PaTH” is a con. It doesn’t get young people jobs. It doesn’t provide them with skills or qualifications. It just gives big business free labour.

Youth unemployment is at crisis levels. Most young people have never known a paid sick day. This “solution” will only put more money in the pockets of the big retail chains.

Young people deserve real opportunities.

End PaTH now and give young workers a chance, not a consignment to poverty.

Why is this important?

Because PaTH is a con designed to rip off young people and put more money in the pockets of big retail chains.

The day after cutting retail workers’ penalty rates pay under the lie that it will create jobs, the Turnbull Government is driving young people into $4 an hour arrangements with big companies that will avoid paying penalty rates altogether and ensuring they remain in entrenched poverty.

Young working people are already up against it;

-          We have double-digit youth unemployment figures across the country.

-          Apprenticeships have dried up and now come with university style  government loan debts.  

-          The cost of studying at university and TAFE is exorbitant.

-          Young people working on weekends and public holidays face penalty rate cuts.

-          Most young people have never even known a paid sick day

Turnbull’s PaTH program will do nothing for young people beyond churning them through short-term, dead-end placement. It will take away full wage paying positions, denying Australians of decent work, and will entrench the current situation of soaring profits and stagnating wages.

Young people are being driven into programs that will not guarantee a job. Only 15 per cent of PaTH internships have resulted in real jobs.

Under PaTH, business is benefiting at the expense of workers. The rules need to change to stop the exploitation of young people.

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  • Peter Kroon
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  • Anonymous
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    commented 2017-07-22 17:41:40 +1000
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    Dimity Mannering – Communications Director, Interns Australia
    Interns Australia is the support and advocacy body for students and young people undertaking internships and work placement. It is a member of the International Coalition for Fair Internships, and recently launched Australia’s first and only internship review and recognition scheme. Interns
    Australia has been vocal in its opposition to the Federal Government’s PaTH internship program, and is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into internships and unpaid work.

    Mark Morey – Secretary, Unions NSW
    Mark Morey has described some unpaid internships as a “disgusting situation” where young people are “forced to do work that have nothing to do with their hopes”. He has called for a Royal Commission into wage theft across the national economy.
    Secretary of Unions NSW since 2016, he is responsible for the coordination of all Unions NSW activities including policy, legal, industrial and campaigns.

    Michael Whaites – Oceania Sub-regional Secretary Public Services International
    Students required to undertake legitimate and properly supervised internships face other indirect costs and the choice of facing hardship by giving up paid work or compromising their study, missing unpaid placement to take paid work or combining part time work with full time placement.
    There have been calls for more support for students during unpaid placements. Whilst speaking for PSI representing ЀϾ million public service & sector workers internationally, Michael also works for the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association

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  • Naomi Duncan
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    commented 2017-07-16 08:30:51 +1000
    Exploitation of the young goes against most people’s values and beliefs. I was ok when I heard how many real jobs would be created from the penalty rate cut for the young. But now we find out that’s not true and replaced with an option far worse. I get it now tell the populace something awesome and then while they’re distracted with jumping in the air with joy cut their legs off when they come down. What a shameful and deceitful role model this Government has been to all Australians.
  • Marcus Aston
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    followed this page 2017-07-12 08:24:08 +1000
  • Paul Mason
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    commented 2017-07-11 18:11:40 +1000
    I heard some industry “expert” claim in the media recently that the percentage of “casual” workers has not increased since 1995. You would have to be an idiot to believe that!

    I’m guessing there is now some subtle difference between casuals, contractors and part-timers that all serves to muddle the statistics!

    We are quickly turning into a third world country!!
  • Paul Mason
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    commented 2017-07-11 17:57:37 +1000
    If you want some power to do something about it join a union and encourage all your friends to do the same.

    “Union power” is not bogeyman that the controlled media would like you to believe. It is about you and me being able to make our opinions count!

    And yes, I have been a union member continuously for more than 42 years!!
  • Paul Mason
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    commented 2017-07-11 17:50:43 +1000
    Turnbull and his colleagues are just SO out of touch with the average Australian it is a joke. I suppose most billionaires are!

    Who could ever forget Joe Hockey’s clanger, when he “advised” people who couldn’t afford to buy a house to “just get a good job!”

    I don’t think the $4 per hour would do the job!
  • Nicole Wells
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    commented 2017-07-11 10:52:17 +1000
    Slavery is not a thing of the past!!
  • Kerry Brien
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    followed this page 2017-07-11 01:43:13 +1000
  • Mary Crowe
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    followed this page 2017-07-10 19:47:56 +1000
  • Jayson O'Donnell
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    commented 2017-07-10 18:00:38 +1000
    This is disgusting, free labour, penalty rate cuts, erosion of workers rights. Liberals need to be voted out.
  • Louisa Deluca
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    followed this page 2017-07-10 17:08:46 +1000
  • Andrew Jackson
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    followed this page 2017-07-10 16:40:24 +1000
  • Dana Davis
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    commented 2017-07-10 15:52:08 +1000
    Not good enough! Let the political parties work for that per hour👎🏼👎🏼
  • William Barnett
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    followed this page 2017-07-10 12:42:47 +1000
  • Debra McDiarmid
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    commented 2017-07-10 12:10:01 +1000
    How about the prime minister lives in a modest home and work like he expects others and be paid the same amount as the lowest payed person and see how long he can take it!
    Malcom, you are a complete ignoramus and a shameful prime minister!
    Opening the gap even wider between the haves and have not!
  • Julie Jennings
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    commented 2017-07-10 11:36:30 +1000
    Access to education denied – 8 yuan a day for pay – Who is this helping ?
  • Greg Lilly
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    commented 2017-07-10 11:31:17 +1000
    Malcolm, give us a break, stop taking money off the already disenchanted people, we pay our taxes, income and GST and several other hidden taxs as well, we haven’t had a pay increase above the inflation rate for 10years, the cost of living has been ridiculous and continues to climb, the banks/big business/the filthy rich get richer, get your hands out of our pockets and save the country
    Thanks Malcolm
  • Simon Young
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    commented 2017-07-10 10:48:44 +1000
    enough already
  • Joanne Kerr
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    followed this page 2017-07-10 08:55:03 +1000
  • Tammy Milne
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    commented 2017-07-09 23:01:08 +1000
    Slavery is outlawed right?!
  • Tracey Wright
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    commented 2017-07-09 13:54:29 +1000
    He just does not get it does he? Would he have worked for such a pittance, mind you he has just got a pay rise himself hasn’t he. Young people are already exploited enough and the jobs are not there anyway……what a bunch of ill informed toffee nosed twats.
  • Rose Tarlington
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    commented 2017-07-09 12:40:22 +1000
    We need our country to be up there with the rest of the world 😡😡 not in poverty if you destroy our young you will destroy the world 😡
  • Victoria Collins
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    commented 2017-07-09 12:09:59 +1000
    I do not want my tax dollars sunsidising slave wages! Like the head of the Bank of England said, and he’s in a position to know, this sort of stuff is taking workers back to medieval times!

    Not happy, Malcolm and Michaelia!
  • Karen Bowley
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    commented 2017-07-09 11:10:17 +1000
    This is why the rich get richer and the poor, poorer!
  • Jennifer Cameron
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    followed this page 2017-07-09 09:54:10 +1000
  • John Nielsen
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    commented 2017-07-08 21:11:19 +1000
    PaTH is a license for big retailers to exploit cheap labour. It is a stupid idea on many levels but typical of the shit that resides in Michaelia Cash’s head!
  • Sarah Pratt
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    commented 2017-07-08 19:41:45 +1000
    The government is not suppose to make the rich richer!
    The government is suppose to serve the people, not itself!
  • Adam Barry Bridgeman
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    commented 2017-07-08 18:40:23 +1000
    This should be Crimnal !! What is going on feels like the wealth 1% brought back slavery !! Revolution in the air
    !! Real Oz with a government that does it’s job.. An a real flag an some OZEY pride !! Turnbull an his mate can move to any where but here ! Oz
  • Bienne Tam
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    commented 2017-07-08 16:02:36 +1000
    Young people should be treated with proper respect, care, support and discipline. There are young people having work and proper terms and conditions but they steal company time, talking nonsense at work, unruly and unteachable, deceiving others. This should not be overlooked either.