National Day of Action: "Jobs with Justice"
Protest in Sydney (Town Hall) - Friday 29.10.2010 Noon
Stop the NT Intervention - Jobs with Justice for Aboriginal workers
Worse than Workchoices
The NT Intervention promised to deliver ‘real jobs' for Aboriginal communities. Instead, thousands of waged jobs have been lost and Aboriginal organisations have been crippled as Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) close down.
Under the new CDEP scheme designed by the federal Labor government, Aboriginal people no longer receive wages. They are being forced to work providing vital services such as rubbish collection, school bus runs, sewerage maintenance, construction and aged care in exchange for quarantined Centrelink payments.
People are compelled to work 16 hours a week for $115 cash, plus $115 credit on a ‘BasicsCard' which can only be used on ‘priority items' in government approved stores. Aboriginal workers have described this as a return to the "ration days", when they were paid in food instead of cash.
Centrelink is threatening to cut off payments entirely if people do not participate. Unclear guidelines and the vulnerable position of many workers have seen cases of people working 30 hrs or more for no extra money. This is far worse than anything the Liberals inflicted on workers under Workchoices.