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Published on 26 November 2015: The announcement that the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, will conduct an investigation into the management of WorkCover claims by WorkSafe agents QBE, Gallagher Basset Services, Allianz, CGU and Xchanging is very much a welcome one.
Published on 25 November 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard evidence of abuse at a Doveton School in Melbourne’s south-east and the experiences of survivors and teachers at the school who tried to speak out.
Published on 25 November 2015: Casual workers are a lot more prone to injury at work than non-casuals, with research undertaken by Safe Work Australia suggesting that the injury rate is as much as 50% higher.
Published on 24 November 2015: Starting today, the Commission is hearing evidence about the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to complaints of sexual abuse by its priests between 1980 and 1996.
Published on 24 November 2015: Safe Work Australia data shows there were 18 quad bike fatalities between January and October this year – the youngest a six-year-old boy killed in a rollover and the oldest a 86-year-old man killed in a collision involving a quad bike.
Published on 20 November 2015: With statistics showing one in three women have experienced physical and or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them, White Ribbon Day is a male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women.
Published on 18 November 2015: It is no surprise then that many casual workers, including those that work for labour hire firms, believe they have no WorkCover rights. While that is not correct in law, it is a difficult notion to dispel. Here are the facts.
Published on 16 November 2015: Insecure work, largely through labour hire firms, has become a curse for many employees, undermining their workplace rights and access to a reliable income. Victorian trade unions are now pushing to have the labour hire industry properly regulated.
Published on 06 November 2015: People who fear reprisals by their employers should they provide information about exploitation within the labour hire industry are being offered confidential hearings by the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work.
Published on 02 November 2015: The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure work has released its Background Paper which suggests that evidence already exists of exploitative behaviour within the industry.
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