Recognise: Public forum - Join the conversation about constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples
All are welcome to this public forum about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution, and removing racial discrimination from our founding document, like the clause that says we can ban an entire race of people from voting. A movement of Australians is growing in support of this recognition (www.recognise.org.au) and a referendum could happen within the next couple of years.
In 2012 the women and friends of Unions Tasmania commended a "knit a square" to be made in to blankets to donate to people in need as part of our Warm Me Up Winter campaign.
It was a slow process with busy people knitting a square in between all of their other chores, however eventually there was a pile of squares filling up our box.
With the much needed assistance from the Fern Tree Country Women's Association's assistance, the squares were made in to 6 beautiful rugs.
A significant time in history for the Tasmanian Union movement, with the commencement of Organising Works program on February the 6th of February 2013!
This is an accredited Certificate 1V course in Unionism and Industrial Relations that runs over a 10 month period with both classroom, on the job learning and mentor support
For 2013 we have 10 participants which is an amazing outcome because their unions also have to provide a mentor for each participant. Some of the participants have been employed as organisers for some time, while others have just commenced. This is a huge commitment by the union movement and they are to be congratulated.
PUTTING A PRICE ON POLLUTION the facts for Australian workers and their families
A price on carbon pollution for 294 of Australia’s largest companies and organisations comes into effect on 1 July. This will give companies an incentive to reduce their carbon pollution and help make our economy more energy efficient. The price of $23 per tonne of carbon emissions begins on 1 July.
It’s fair enough that Australian workers and their families are concerned about how the price on carbon will affect them. This leaflet answers some of the most common questions people are asking about the carbon price.
The Unions Tasmania May Day Ball held on 5th May pledged funds from donations, sponsorships and auctions to assist disadvantaged members of our community. This year, the May Day Ball Campaign “Warm me up Winter” is aimed at focusing attention and commitment to Tasmania’s homeless.
The first cheque for $2,000.00 was presented to Annie Kenney Young Women’s Refuge Inc. recently. Annie Kenney Young Women’s Refuge is a 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis support service for young women aged between 13 and 21 years who may be experiencing violence, homelessness, or who are at risk of becoming homeless. The young women are provided with secure and safe short term accommodation for up to 6 weeks no matter what their history, religion, race or culture.
“Unions Tasmania have paid particular attention to those charities such as Annie Kenney Young Women’s Refuge who make a big impact, but often fly under the radar in terms of profile and promotion” said Kevin Harkins, Secretary of Unions Tasmania.
Friends of the ABC (Tas) today (14 June 2012) handed letters of support for ABC TV Production in Tasmania to ABC Managing Director Mark Scott, signed by some of the state’s most prominent members of the arts community including ex Gardening Australia presenter Peter Cundall, composer Peter Sculthorpe, independent film producer John Honey, chairman of Wide Angle Tasmania Graham Gates, MEAA Secretary Mark Thomas; and dance choreographers Janet Vernon and Graeme Murphy.
Mr Scott has indicated he will talk to staff about the future of the ABC in Tasmania today. Hopefully he can allay concerns that the only future for ABC TV in Tasmania is the screening of local news.
ABC is an integral part of the local production industry and the voice of Tasmania deserves to be heard as part of the national broadcaster.