Wage Theft in South Australia is an epidemic.
The McKell Institute estimates that wage theft is costing South Australian workers $500 million a year. The Working Women’s Centre SA recovered over $500,000 for workers in just one financial year. While this is a great achievement, it is only a fraction of what is owed to hard working South Australians.
We know, more than most, that wage theft is hitting women and migrant workers the hardest. Wage theft extends to the non-payment of base wages, penalty rates, superannuation, loadings, and the non-payment of entitlements that workers should be receiving by law. In some sectors of the economy, wage theft has transitioned from a fringe activity to a business model.
This is an issue for workers and the government. In fact, the South Australian Parliamentary Wage Theft Interim Report confirms what we already knew: wage theft is rife in South Australia and it affects the most vulnerable workers in our community.
We gave evidence to the Wage Theft Inquiry about one of our clients who was only paid $14 an hour. How can you live on $14 an hour? You can’t. It isn’t a living wage. In response to the Interim Report, we are holding a community discussion about the prevalence of wage theft to kick start South Australia’s response to this issue.
There are big questions at hand:
• Should we follow Victoria’s lead and criminalise wage theft?
• Is our industrial system is too complex?
• How does wage theft impact on working women? And is this impact due to a common business model?
• What are trade unions doing about this issue? And how do we campaign for a living wage?
We are thrilled to host Irene Pnevmatikos MLC, Edward Cavanough from the McKell Institute and Angas Story from SA Unions to tackle those issues and more.
Your Rights at Work
Webinar for International Students Working In Australia
Presented in collaboration with the National Union of Students Welfare Department, (FUSA Flinders University Student Association, USASA UniSA Student Association, Adelaide University Student Representative Council, Adelaide Young Christian Workers – YCW & The Young Workers Legal Service.
This webinar is designed for international students studying in Australia, providing them with skills and resources to better equip them to assert their rights in the workplace and to fight exploitation.
This powerpoint presentation and training session was created on 30 June 2020. Please take this into account where you are relying on this information on another date. We will try to update this page with relevant changes and reforms but we may not be able to do this on every occasion.
Working from Home: Risks & Rewards Webinar.
An online panel conversation about gender and labour, while working from & in the home.
Alison Pennington – Senior Economist for the Centre for Future Work
The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC – Minster for Human services in South Australia
Professor Suzanne Franzway – Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies University of South Australia
Maria Hagias – Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Safety Services SA
MC – Abbey Kendall – Director of The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc.
Does WFH finally give women the flexibility we have been fighting for?
How do we navigate WFH when our own home is not safe?
What about work, health and safety? What about the costs of running a home office?
Will WFH be optional in the future? Should it be? Will more time in the home, increase our care work?
What types of workers get to WFH? Do you have to let your employer into your home? Will work hours increase? What on earth are we doing about childcare?
There are no simple answers, and as always it depends; not every person has the opportunity to WFH or experiences WFH equally. Can we re-imagine work, so that is works for us?
- Financially, through job losses or reduced hours
- Insecurity in current employment & long term career trajectory
- Safety risks of exposure to COVID and risk of DV & sexual violence
- An increased risk of homelessness
- The toll on our Mental Health
So it’s important to question: are our needs reflected in COVID recovery policies?
Reclaim the Workplace
Ending sexual harassment in our places of work and study.
- Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner
- The Hon Connie Bonaros MLC, SA Best
- Rebecca Etienne , Adelaide University SRC Women’s Officer
- Erin Hennessy, CEPU Organiser
Artwork by Cath Story. Find her art on Instagram @cathstorydraws
This webinar was streamed on Kaurna land. We pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.