Union concerned on alleged asbestos importation

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Unions are worried that ten years after asbestos has been banned in Australia, its importation still continues. According to ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick, making the country asbestos-free by 2030 is unlikely to happen at this rate. “The goal of an asbestos free Australia by 2030 cannot be reached if an ineffectual …

Union: Toughen workplace safety laws to protect workers

Reported by Haydee | 24 Dec, 2013

A union is urging the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program to ensure the safety of workers. Australian Council of Trade Unions Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said the Royal Commission presented an opportunity to improve work safety laws to help decrease the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. “The sole focus of …

ACTU Calls for Greater Workplace Safety Vigilance after Conference

Reported by Admin | 15 Oct, 2013

Ged Kearney, the ACTU president, said that over 600,000 workers are hurt in Australia every year at a cost of $60 billion at the safety conference hosted by the organisation in Adelaide today. Ms Kearney said, at the conference attended by union representatives from around the country that thousands are hurt or killed because of …

Union: Chrysotile asbestos export must be controlled

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Controlling the export of chrysotile asbestos is necessary to limit the death toll from the deadly substance in developing countries, a union said on Monday. ACTU President Ged Kearney said that the Rotterdam Convention in Geneva, Switzerland must include chrysotile asbestos in its list of hazardous substances which are being monitored for …

A Call For Tougher Laws for Negligent Employers

Reported by Admin | 29 Apr, 2013

There has been a call for tougher laws for negligent employers following the opening of the Canberra national memorial attended by Kay Catanzariti whose son died in a workplace accident in July 2012. The memorial is a place where loved ones will be able to mourn the loss of the thousands that have lost their …

Union calls on Government to act on international trade of asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 20 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Council of Trade Unions urges the Australian Government to use its influence to limit the international trade in asbestos and the use of the toxic material in the South East Asian region. ACTU president Ged Kearney said that the union will host an international delegation for the next fortnight of …

Union report: Australia’s offshore oil and gas safety standards lag behind international competitors

Reported by Haydee | 13 Nov, 2012

The Australian Council of Trade Unions together with the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Workers Union released today a new report highlighting major problems in Australia’s offshore oil and gas safety standards. This prompted unions to call on the Federal Government to bring Australian safety standards in line with international competitors. The report …

ACTU: Quad bike safety summit must be followed by action to reduce rollover deaths

Reported by Haydee | 23 Oct, 2012

The summit on quad bike safety must be followed by action to make crush protection devices a requirement on new quad bikes to reduce quad bike death rates, says the Australian Council of Trade Unions. ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said it is time for the ACCC to act on making crush protection devices mandatory …

ACTU Calls for Mandatory Quad Bike Rollbars

Reported by Admin | 18 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Just ahead of the Quad Bike Safety National Forum tomorrow the ACTU has called for mandatory crush protection devices to be installed on all new quad bikes to stop fatalities. Michael Borowick, the ACTU Assistant Secretary, said that the recent death of a 58 year old man, see the SafetyCulture report, showed …

Australians want asbestos removed in the country by 2030, according to poll

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Majority of Australians want the federal government to ensure the removal of asbestos from all homes and public buildings within two decades, says a new poll commissioned by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Two thirds of the respondents believe that asbestos remains a major health risk and want all asbestos removed …

Rise of insecure work has led to less safe workplaces, says union

Reported by Haydee | 10 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said that casual, contract and labour hire workers are less likely to fight for their right to have a safe workplace. According to ACTU, the rise of insecure work in Australia over the past decades has made workers less able to speak up for their …

Unions call for safety review over gas rig fatalities

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2012

The death of two workers on a gas rig off the Victorian coast prompted unions to call for a safety review, saying that offshore rigs are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the world. The Australian Workers Union, through a report on ninemsn said they will be pushing for improved safety measures in the …

Unions, businesses call on tougher penalties and community responsibility to stop workplace bullying

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jul, 2012

Workplace bullying must be addressed seriously and should be everyone’s responsibility, says unions and business organisations in response to the federal government’s bullying inquiry. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) appeared before a House Standing Committee on Education and Employment in Melbourne this month to talk about the challenges that employers and the …

Unions and employers disagree over workplace bullying rules

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jan, 2012

As ACTU calls for tough national rules on workplace bullying, employer groups say that the reform could lead to a surge in expensive claims. The Australian reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions is demanding for tough rules on workplace bullying to include a declaration that a single incident of unreasonable behaviour could pose …

Speak Up campaign launched to educate workers of their workplace safety rights

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jan, 2012

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) encourages Australian workers to take advantage of new laws by appointing safety representatives as the harmonised WHS laws have taken effect in most part of the country during the weekend. A campaign called “Speak Up” has been launched by Australian unions to “inform workers of their rights, and …