Notícias da Austrália
1. Motoristas com jornadas longas e sem pausas. E por aqui, como andam as coisas?
Delivery drivers being being worked to death
A report this week on the ABC's 7.30 program has provided further revelations of the effects of pay cuts on Tip Top delivery drivers, whose families say they are being 'worked to death'. Many work extremely long hours without adequate breaks, have worked months without being able to take enough days off and are at breaking point. When contacted, the company said it was not aware of drivers working "without breaks and does not endorse such activity". It said as independent contractors, the onus was on them to manage fatigue and employ relief drivers. Of course this is a cop out, and the company has duties to these drivers as in effect they work solely for Tip Top.
Read more: Tip Top drivers being 'worked to death' as families call for greater responsibility and previous report Tip Top accused of pushing bread delivery drivers to breaking point, ABC
2. Trabalho ao ar livre e cânceres de pele
Victoria has already had over a week of scorching weather - followed by a few days of cooler temperatures. But for outdoor workers, it's important to remember that Australia has the highest levels of skin cancer in the world, and your employers have a duty to take action to ensure your health is not placed at high risk due to sun exposure. Check out the Cancer Council's latest SunSmart newsletter - it's got links to great posters and information.
Also, SunSmart has launched a new seeUV app aimed at the selfie generation. It uses augmented reality to show users what their skin could look like if they do not protect themselves from the sun. SeeUV is also a warning tool for current UV levels. While outdoor workers need UV protection all year round, it's a fun reminder for indoor workers, friends and family.
3. sindicatos contra a violência no trabalho
International Union News
Global: Unions call for strong rules on violence at work
Trade unions have reiterated their call for a strong International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention to tackle gender-based violence at work. Next year's ILO Conference in June will discuss the development of international labour standards on violence against women and men at work. According to the global union confederation ITUC, more than one third of women around the world experience violence at work, at home or in the community. It argues action in the workplace is crucial to tackling the issue across the board. Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary, said, "Unions are leading the way in eradicating violence against women at work, and the support of a strong international legal instrument is essential." She added: "Women in every occupational sector are exposed to violence and harassment, on an epic scale, and where they are deprived of the protection of a union, the likelihood that they will experience rape, physical assault, intimidation and harassment is far greater." She said it was "scandalous that sexual assault, sexual harassment and other forms of violence are not only tolerated at work, but in some cases used as a means to subjugate women in the interests of the corporate bottom line." Unions have highlighted the positive impact of negotiating protective standards. "Trade unions and employers play a major role in making work safe for women, and helping to eliminate harassment and violence against women," said Luca Visentini, secretary general of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). "Collective agreements have shown to be a most effective means to combat this scourge."
Read more: ITUC news release and portal on gender-based violence. ETUC news release and Safe at Home, Safe at Work project. Source: RIsks 828