National Union of Workers (NUW)
We're a union of 90,000 workers in Australia who come together to fight for fair wages, safe worksites and secure work. You can find us at www.nuw.org.au.
New Campaign Campaigns
Smiths: stop screwing older workers!There have been several serious OHS incidents at the Smith's warehouse in QLD over the last few years, including a worker being pinned by a forklift and another worker losing half their finger. As a result, workers are concerned that Smith's aren't taking their OHS obligations seriously. Members of the National Union of Workers take OHS very seriously because it could save their life. On 26 June 2014, Royce Mumford's forklift bumped racking and a pallet of chips was dropped. Royce was working four bays away from other workers so there was no risk of injury to anyone. Royce was marched out the front door, and his termination letter reads that he was fired for misconduct. Royce had worked for Smith's for 19 years. Royce's job has not been filled. Accidents happen. Accidents happen at Smiths. Forklifts bump racking which can cause pallets to fall. This kind of incident has been captured on CCTV many times, In Royce's case he was fired, but in other cases no action has been taken. Recently 12 other long-serving employees have been fired, workers feel employees who have worked for Smiths for a shorter time are not being sacked in comparable situations. Workers suspect that Smith's may announce mass job losses later this year. Are Smith's callously getting rid of long-serving employees to save money on redundancy payments? So where does Royce find himself now? "I am getting driving lessons in a Heavy Rigid truck to try and get my HR license to improve my employment prospects. After a month of applying for countless jobs, I still don't have a job. It is very demoralising. This is putting a huge strain on our finances. My wife Shelly is unable to work as she has a serious health issue. We also have a son with Autism and have had to cut back on therapy sessions for him due to our limited finances. I am the sole bread winner. I am feeling depressed; stress and anxiety are part of my daily life now. Having a termination letter stating that my termination was due to misconduct has not helped at all. Trying to explain what really happened puts my credibility on the line. I have a big black mark against me. After 19 years of service I have no reference from Smith's. To be honest, I am really angry at the way Smith's has treated me, especially considering the far more serious incidents that have occurred with little or no disciplinary action. Why am I being treated differently? I feel robbed of my future." Royce Mumford, NUW member.167 of 200 SignaturesCreated by National Union of Workers
Justice for former Bluestone workersIn the words of a former Bluestone worker, "we live from pay to pay, we depend on our wages to be in our account so that we are able to pay our bills and rent". Bluestone's collapse has left some workers missing out on rent and mortgage payments leaving them feeling "sick" and "anxious". When you put in a day's work you should get a fair day's pay.183 of 200 SignaturesCreated by National Union of Workers
A little respect for TuanTuan is 31. He is a big Brisbane Broncos fan. He has worked at Alphapharm since 2007. Recently, not long after being married, Tuan was diagnosed with cancer. A month after he finished his treatment, his baby girl arrived. Tuan has so many good things to look forward to, but after 7 years of hard work at Alphapharm management would not support him in the process of getting back to full health. Any one of us could suffer a debilitating illness. Adding unnecessary financial burdens at a time like that is simply callous. Where will Don get future employment to support his young family if his employer of 7 years is not willing to assist him?445 of 500 SignaturesCreated by National Union of Workers
Living wage rises for Lite n Easy workersLite n Easy workers are paid significantly below food processing industry standards in Australia, and the company has so far refused to offer a guaranteed annual pay rise for more than 1 year. Instead, Lite n Easy are promising to pass on any increases in the minimum wage (if there are any). This has real impacts on our life. Many of us just can't afford to be sick. Many of us don't have anything left after we have paid for rent, bills and food at the end of each week. We don't get to keep enough of the value we create to lead a decent quality of life.427 of 500 SignaturesCreated by National Union of Workers General Branch