We are always looking to publish new stories and reports from unemployed workers. These stories have the power to challenge and change a broken system. If you’d like to share yours, please get in touch.
In July the AUWU is holding six free events across five states to inform unemployed workers how to fight back against the government’s new punitive Demerit Point system.
We have booked a terrific line-up of speakers for each event, and you can pick up free leaflets and booklets about how to resist. Click on the facebook event links to find out more about each session.
Under this unfair new system, unemployed workers attending job agencies will be stripped of their rights to appeal job agency penalties, and harsher fines will be introduced for non-compliance.
Unemployed workers will be able to have our demerit points reset to zero at several stages within the complicated demerit point system. RSVP to your local event below, and learn how to Dump Your Demerits.
- Sydney: 2pm, Wednesday 4th of July. Unions NSW. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here.
- Melbourne: 4pm, Monday 9th of July. Victorian Trades Hall. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here. A4 poster to print here.
- Geelong: 4pm, Tuesday 10th of July. Geelong Trades Hall. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here.
- Hobart: 4pm, Friday 13th of July. Glenorchy Library. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here.
- Adelaide: 4:30 pm, Wednesday 18th of July. North Adelaide Community Centre. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here.
- Perth: 4pm, Thursday 20th of July. CFMEU Buildings. RSVP here. Event details on facebook here.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing tips on how to resist the abuse.
For its annual hotline report, the AUWU is conducting research into the experiences of unemployed workers in Australia.
Together with our partners Monash University and Per Capita, we are looking to speak to unemployed workers across seven locations throughout July for approximately two hours. Participants will receive a $40 gift voucher.
If you would like to register your interest for any of the focus groups below, please click on the event you would like to attend to sign up. We will then be in contact with you with more information about the focus groups, including specific locations and times. All information provided will be de-identified.
List of Focus Groups
- Toowoomba QLD, 3rd of July.
- Sydney NSW, 4th of July.
- Melbourne VIC, 9th of July.
- Geelong VIC, 10th of July
- Glenorchy TAS, 13th of July
- Adelaide SA, 17th of July.
- Perth WA, 18th of July.
To qualify for the research, you have to consider yourself to be an unemployed worker.
This information gathered will form a central part of the AUWU’s efforts to reform the employment services industry over the next two years. There are limited spots available so get in quickly. Click here to share on facebook.
If you cannot attend a focus group but would like to participate in this important research, please fill out this testimonial survey, send us a job agency inquiry, or simply call our hotline with your concerns.
Look forward to hearing from you.