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Home > News > 2020 > May > Australian Unions plan to rebuild our economy

Australian Unions plan to rebuild our economy

Topics : COVID-19Jobs

wage_growth_web_qual.pngThe Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has this week released a comprehensive blueprint for rebuilding the economy and restoring jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The ACTU’s eight-point plan has called for the creation of two million new secure jobs and the halving of job insecurity to be set as a target for rebuilding the Australian economy. 

ACTU President Michele O’Neil said the plan would drive an economy-wide rebuilding effort and lift the living standards of millions of working people.

“These 8 guiding principles will help shape a rebuilding effort that puts people in more secure jobs, gets wage growth going again, ensures Australia is making what we need, putting our national interests above any vested corporate interests and investing in our communities,” Michelle said.

“We look forward to working with governments, employers and communities to develop the programs Australia needs to rebuild and make jobs more secure.

“We cannot allow the economy to go back to the way it was before: rising inequality, record low wage growth, a gutted social safety-net and public services, and too many people in insecure employment or without enough work.

“If a disaster destroys your house, you don’t rebuild in all the old cracks and flaws – you rebuild with improvements, you fix the things you know were wrong and you make your home even better than it was before.

“We must rebuild our economy and our communities, so they work for all Australians.”

The ACTU’s 8-point plan to rebuild our economy

 1. Improve the quality and security of jobs by creating two million new permanent jobs and halving the number of insecure jobs.

Ending forced casualisation, outsourcing, offshoring, continuous rolling contracts and over-use of labour hire.

2. Lift wages and living standards

Money in workers’ pockets drives business, creates jobs and lifts living standards.

3. Strengthen and invest in public and community services that are our first line of defence against ‘shocks’ like COVID-19, bushfires and drought

Strong healthy communities and strong public services create a strong Australia.

4. Support nation-building projects that create decent jobs and set Australia up for a brighter future

Building for the future provides jobs, training and incomes today and tomorrow. Investment in infrastructure, manufacturing and service industries.

5. Education and training

Rebuilding our domestic skills and training system with public investments in schools, TAFE and higher education will ensure working people are able to meet the demands of work in the post-COVID world.

6. Deal with the crisis of climate change

Reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, restore the environment. Support existing industries and create new jobs in industries embracing new energy technologies.

7. Improve social, health and economic outcomes for people and communities that experience disadvantage

Improve and increase public and community services and income support payments.  Tax reform needs to be targeted at ensuring corporations are paying their fair share for the services and support every Australian needs.

8. Embrace industry policy and ‘Australian made’.

If we can make it or provide it here and create jobs here, then we should make it or provide it here. Trade must deliver for our national interest, deals that give away our sovereignty, jobs, and undermine household incomes should not feature in our post-pandemic future.

Read the plan in full here.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.