Join us online to hear form Tim Kennedy, National Secretary of the United Workers Union, at 6pm AEST on Wednesday 20 May speaking on "Income, ownership, investment, social justice - a union response to the COVID-19 Crisis".
Tim Kennedy and the UWU have made one of the most important and thoughtful strategic contributions in response to the covid19 pandemic and its associated economic and social crisis.
They have demanded that government prioritises 'Income, ownership, investment and social justice' - outlined in this statement, with specific proposals for a job guarantee and a universal income guarantee of $740 per week, regardless of visa status.
The UWU is one of Australia's largest unions, bringing together 150,000 workers across 45 industries, including warehousing, defence, hospitality, health, aged care, logistics & supermarket supply, cleaning, security, farming, manufacturing, and market research. They organise in Award reliant sectors and industries dominated by insecure work. They are one of the country's most innovative unions, trying new tactics to engage workers online, such as in their 'Hospo Voice' section. They are also a new union - formed recently by the merger of the United Voice and the NUW under a new structure where there are no state branches - another innovation.
Tim Kennedy is a long-standing union official, working as the National Secretary of the NUW before the merger to create the UWU, and has emerged as a strategic union leader willing to consider new and effective forms of action. Over Tim’s twenty years with the NUW, he worked as an organiser, industrial officer, assistant national secretary, Victorian branch secretary and national president. He recently gave this interview to The Jacobin on how we can 'reconceptualise the economy' in the wake of the coronacrisis.
Topic: Tim Kennedy - UWU National Secretary - SEARCH Foundation event
Time: May 20, 2020 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
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