The ACTU is holding a special online mass meeting tonight, and a national day of action online picket line Tuesday to demand Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes action now to ensure every worker in Australia gets a guaranteed wage subsidy if they lose work because of COVID-19.
The union movement states that hundreds of thousands of workers have already lost jobs, and millions more jobs are at threat due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The UK government is guaranteeing up to 80% of people’s wages. It’s time Scott Morrison gave workers in Australia the same assurance that they are not being abandoned.
While acknowledging Australians can’t take physical action in their workplaces and communities, the union movement says it can still fight for a fair and decent plan for working people, to get us all through this crisis by encouraging members to take collective action wherever they are, using their phones and our computers.
On Tuesday the union movement will be holding a national day of action, an online picket line to hold Scott Morrison accountable. Join from 8AM on Tuesday 31st March to demand a guaranteed wage subsidy for all working people.
The online picket line will be live and interactive.
The picket line will go all day, from 8am to 5pm. Throughout the day, union members will take actions together to demand a guaranteed wage subsidy – from calling talkback radio, to a tweetathon, to calling our MPs together.
During the day members will hear from affected workers and special guests.
The union movement said it will do whatever it takes to bring the community and then the government behind us on this issue.