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Abbott is rushing through laws to attack your rights at work

Tony Abbott is trying to rush through laws that introduce new unfair individual contracts that cut take home pay, give more power to employers in bargaining and make it harder for workers to access their union. But to do all this he needs the crucial votes of at least six cross-bench senators.

We can stop Abbott’s attack dead in its tracks if just three cross-bench senators vote against the bill. It looks like the vote will take place this Wednesday so we need to act fast and we need everyone to play their part.

Click here to ask the cross-bench senators to vote against Tony Abbott’s unfair anti-worker amendments: http://www.australianunions.org.au/stop_tony_abbotts_anti_worker_laws

Tony Abbott’s new laws bring back some of the worst parts of Workchoices. Among other things, the bill:

  • Reintroduces unfair individual contracts that can cut take home pay including weekend and penalty rates
  • Gives employers a veto over industrial action.
  • Allows employers to not pay-out some annual leave if you’re sacked or leave a job.
  • Gives mining and construction employers a special deal that allows them to write their own Enterprise Agreements.
  • Reduces the rights of workers to talk to their union at work if they need help.

These laws are part of the Abbott attack on the Australian way of life. Let’s make sure that the cross-bench senators know this.

AUSTRALIANS FOR FAIR FASHION

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The campaign to have Ethical Clothing Australia’s funding reinstated is the collaborative work of a number of organisations involved in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) sector in Australia, with a common mission to see this sector thrive and remain in Australia.

Although each of the organisations has a different role in the sector, they all believe that the work of Ethical Clothing Australia is vital to developing a local TCF sector built on ethical labour practices and sustainability; a sector that will survive and serve as an inspiration for new designers and businesses of the future.

Show your support by calling on Senator Abetz to reinstate Government funding to Ethical Clothing Australia by going to the Australians For Fair Fashion Website 

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) is an important partner in the clothing and footwear industry, working with Australian designers, manufacturers, unions and retailers that choose to manufacture locally to ensure the ethical treatment of workers throughout their supply chain.

ECA provides valued support and assistance to Australian brands who want to ensure they are doing the right thing by Australian consumers and workers:

  • It runs the only accreditation program for the clothing industry that includes homeworkers
  • It checks the supply chain all the way to the homeworker
  • It provides industry education and training for business
  • It provides support and assistance to vulnerable workers in the clothing and footwear industry
  • It promotes local industry
  • It runs and promotes an ethical label
  • It works with fashion graduates and emerging designers
  • It works with local designers and retailers to keep manufacturing in Australia
  • It provides support to many small businesses

Close to 150 businesses nationally have been accredited under the ECA program which since its inception has represented hundreds of individual suppliers. Over the same period, it has assisted more than 6000 homeworkers to receive their legal minimum pay and entitlements.

Ethical Clothing Australia is unique in that it works collaboratively with businesses to help them achieve the standards required to gain accreditation – that is, ECA does not only help identify where workers’ rights are not being met but also helps the business to understand the changes required to meet their obligations. By partnering with businesses and providing the appropriate support, ECA creates lasting change in the sector so that workers’ rights and suitable.