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Media - 10 Apr Rally

Here's a selection of media coverage of the mighty rally of Victorian union members on 10 April 2019!

 

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The Sparky behind ‘Wear Your Change the Rules T-Shirt Day’

My name’s John, I’m an electrician from Ringwood. The idea for National Change the Rules T-Shirt Day came from hearing somebody mention that whenever she wore her ‘Change the Rules’ t-shirt, she’d end up having conversations about the campaign with random people in public. I’d found the same thing. Whenever I’d wear my t-shirt, people would give me a thumbs up or come and have a chat. It gave me the idea: if we all wore our Change the Rules t-shirts on the one day, imagine the kinds of conversations we could ignite.

This coming Saturday, Feb 2, we'll be mini billboards for this campaign, a swarm of ants covering the community...

John with son Jack, changing the rules

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We need to overhaul 457s, not rename them

The impact of 457 visas on work in this country has been huge. The scheme has undercut wages for hundreds of thousands of workers, been a risk to health and safety, and undermined a genuine commitment to skills and training across the board when Australia needs it most. But Malcolm Turnbull’s rebadging of the system will do nothing to address its shortfalls; whether it will prove as politically popular as the Prime Minister is hoping is doubtful.

 

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We are not at the endpoint of history

In the backlash to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus’ comments on the 7.30 report, most commentators have grudgingly acknowledged that throughout history, it has been necessary and just to break the law to achieve positive change, and that indeed these instances are moments of immense cultural and historical pride. 

The Eureka Stockade, the fight for Equal Pay, the protests against the war in Vietnam, the first Mardi Gras, Green bans, Apartheid boycotts, Wave Hill; all of these involved acts of civil disobedience, and defiance of bad laws. But even as commentators acknowledge this historical reality, they are quick to assert that we have “moved past” the days when laws had to be broken to achieve change.

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Victory for the CUB 55

180 days after 55 Carlton United Brewery maintenance workers were greedily sacked and offered their jobs back at a 65% pay cut, they're back at work! The 55 return to secure jobs, on the same pay and improved conditions. 

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5 ways to build a better world this month

If you woke up this morning marvelling at how a billionaire hate-carrot got elected President of the USA yesterday, and despairing at what that means for working people, racial justice, and gender equality, despair no more!

 

The best cure for your sense of hopelessness is to take action with other awesome activists. And luckily, there are HEAPS of ways to do that in just the next few weeks. Here are a few!

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Letter to the Editor, the Australian

Dear Editor

Your description of Victorian unions’ world-leading introduction of domestic and family violence leave as “generous” is a wilful mischaracterisation of important workplace reform.

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We Volunteers

We Are Union. We are a movement of people standing together for a just and equitable Victoria where:

  • all people are respected and valued, 
  • all working people are organised, safe, and winning at work


We organise our communities to build support for union, industrial, and social campaigns, and we're excited to have you on board.