Controversial work-for-the-dole scheme taking a toll on young Indigenous people

Date Published: 30/09/2017 Category: News

Eighteen-year-old Mel Inkamala is strolling around the Santa Teresa community garden with his left hand tucked inside a grey vest. He is holding a cordless phone, occasionally bringing it to his ear, checking he is still on hold. “Just waiting … I’m on participation,” he says, referring to Centrelink’s hotline for people breached under the…

NT families go hungry under the Community Development Program

Date Published: 27/06/2017 Category: News

The federal government’s work-for-the-dole scheme is denying Aboriginal people in remote communities basic rights, equal treatment and fair payment for work, legal and human rights advocates have told a Senate inquiry. The government is revamping its controversial Community Development Programme, which covers about 35,000 people, mostly from Aboriginal communities. The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency…

Official FNWA Launch

Date Published: 09/06/2017 Category: Media Release

The First Nations Workers Alliance official launch. Friday 9th June 2017 –  in conjunction with celebrating the 60thAnniversary of the Palm Island Strike, Townsville. ACTU Head Office – 365 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Drinks, Media & Speakers 9am.’

Union Support – Aunty Lorraine Brown

Date Published: 01/06/2017 Category: Blog Post

The trade unions were key supporters of the 1967 referendum and the fight for equal wages for Indigenous workers. Some unions provided financial support for Indigenous campaigners to travel to conferences and protests.“People like Uncle Fred Moore, Aunty Dolly Henry, Aunty Mary Davis … without people like them we wouldn’t be living the way we’re…

ACTU Executive vows to end racist Community Development Program – FNWA

Date Published: 17/03/2017 Category: Media Release

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…

Welcome to the First Nations Workers Alliance.

Date Published: 07/03/2017 Category: General Information

Welcome to the First Nations Workers’ Alliance established by the ACTU to provide CDP workers a collective voice to campaign for fair wages and employment conditions. Here you will be able to link in with other members, get updates, post questions, participate in forums and keep up-to-date with any action being taken by the FNWA…

Remote Job Scheme ‘doing harm’

Date Published: 28/02/2017 Category: News

Remote Job Scheme ‘doing harm’ More than 200,000 fines were imposed on just 34,000 mainly indigenous jobseekers in the first 15 months of the federal government’s jobs scheme. The figures prompted experts to say the unpopular Community Development Program is being rejected by indigenous communities and creating resistance to outside intervention. The latest data, for…

Sit-down to stand-up: ACTU backs welfare

Date Published: 25/08/2016 Category: News

The ACTU was there at the start of the land rights movement, supporting the walk-off by Aboriginal stockmen at Wave Hill in August 1966, 50 years ago. And now, at the end, the ACTU is there again. I say at the end because Wave Hill never made it as an economically viable Aboriginal-run property. In…

Our History, Our Future

Date Published: 16/08/2016 Category: Blog Post

Address by ACTU Indigenous Officer Kara KeysTo the ACTU Executive and Indigenous Leadership ConferenceTuesday, 16 August 2016 My name is Kara Keys, I am a decedent of the Yiman and Gangulu peoples of Central Qld.  I work at the ACTU as the National Indigenous Officer. I’d like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land…