For over 300 days families in Longford, Victoria have been making big sacrifices to take a stand against some of the biggest companies in Australia.
They were sacked and offered their jobs back with 30% pay cuts and a cruel anti-family roster.
Since 20 June 2017, they've been out on a picket line fighting for their jobs and their dignity.
It hasn’t been easy. They’ve come together to keep a 24/7 protest running through temperatures of -6 degrees Celsius in winter right through to the hot summer. They are protesting because they are ready to work on fair pay and fair rosters.
They need our support to keep up this important fight. The workers are raising money so they can continue to pay the bills and feed their families while they fight for justice. If they don't have the resources to stay afloat and keep fighting, more employers across the country will think they can get away with this too.
It’s been hard going. We would appreciate if you could donate a few dollars so the 200 families can keep up this important fight for all working people.
Protect our PRESCHOOLS
Why are we campaigning?95% of four-year-olds in Australia are enrolled in a government-funded program of 15 hours per week of preschool.
But this is under threat from the Federal Government, which won’t guarantee its share of the funding beyond 2017.
Preschool is vital for a child’s development because it gives them the social and educational skills they need to achieve at school.
That’s why the AEU is calling on the Federal Government to secure ongoing funding for preschools and end the uncertainty facing parents and staff.
The Biggest Pay Cut Ever
The recent decision by the The Fair Work Commission (FWC) to radically cut Sunday and public holiday pay will give almost one million Australian workers a pay cut.
Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers will have their Sunday penalty rates cut between 25% and 50%.
Public holiday pay will also be slashed by up to 25%.
This is a loss of up to $6,000 per year for some workers. No worker will be better off as a result of this decision.
We will fight to stop what is Australia's biggest single pay cut ever.
Change the Rules
The Australia we once knew, that our parents experienced, is not the reality anymore because the rules that made our country fair are broken.We are building a movement to change the rules to bring fairness back to Australia.
Wage growth is the lowest it’s ever been, but profits are up.
Inequality is at a 70 year high.
40% of the workforce is now in insecure work. A whole generation does not know what it is like to have a paid sick day or a paid holiday.
And the richest 1% of Australians owns more wealth than the bottom 70% of Australian citizens combined.
There is an answer to all this.
Working people need better and stronger rights at work to ensure jobs are secure and our wages are fair.
We need to re-write the rules to achieve this.
Volunteer today to help change the rules and bring fairness back