ACTU executive vows to end racist Community Development Program
The ACTU executive has adopted a resolution authorising all means at the organisations disposal to be mobilised against the Turnbull Government’s racially discriminatory Community Development Program. The resolution will kick-start exploration of legal and legislative challenges to the program, as well as the mobilisation of campaign resources. The ACTU is committed to seeing the removal of this policy, which forces the overwhelmingly Indigenous population of remote communities into labour with none of the benefits of employment enjoyed by every other Australian worker. These workers labour is without the protection of federal OHS standards or worker’s compensation and earn no superannuation. Quotes Attributable to ACTU Secretary, Dave Oliver: “This is a program of racial discrimination, harking back to the days of the Wave Hill Walk Off, the 50th anniversary of which we celebrate this week.” “The union movement cannot, and will not, allow a policy which denies workers their rights and creates a two-tiered unemployment system, to stand.” “Unions have pulled together to oppose a policy which is not only racially discriminatory, but also attacks rights at work, places downward pressure on wages, and downward pressure on wage-paying jobs.” Quotes Attributable to ACTU Indigenous Officer, Kara Keys: “The resolution passed today is the first step toward a campaign which seeks to dismantle the CDP, and the entire union movement has now committed to this common goal.” “This is a program which discriminates on the basis of race, and has no place in a modern society.” “The ACTU looks forward to a future in which all Australian workers are treated equally, Indigenous people are not treated as second-class workers and are given the same opportunities and rights at work that any Australian worker rightfully expects. .”
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The Community Development Programme (CDP) commenced on 1 July 2015 and is the governments remote employment and community development service. The CDP aims to support job seekers in remote Australia to build skills, address barriers and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities. It is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions found in remote Australia and is an essential part of the Australian Government’s agenda for increasing employment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency. The CDP is flexible and focused on local decision making and local solutions. Under the CDP, job seekers with activity requirements are expected to do up to 25 hours per week of work-like activities that benefit their community. The CDP offers a broad range of flexible activities to not only increase job seekers’ skills but also contribute to their community. All CDP Workers are encouraged to join this group to get the latest updates on what the FNWA or ACTU are doing to represent your rights .
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