WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday 9 June @ 12:15pm
WHERE: Parliament Lawns, Hobart
Unions and community members will gather tomorrow on Parliament Lawns today for the “People’s COAG”.
While Prime Minister Turnbull and State and Territory leaders are in Hobart for the Council of Australian Governments, union and community members will be calling for action and leadership from all levels of Government to tackle rising inequality.
“Australia is a wealthy country but it’s clear that the spoils of that wealth are going to big business and corporate interests, not to average working people,” said Jessica Munday, Secretary of Unions Tasmania.
“People are working harder but it’s harder to get ahead. They are struggling through record low wages growth, jobs are being casualised and having their penalty rates attacked. All this occurs against a backdrop of ballooning CEO salaries, corporate tax cuts, and massive profits. We’ll be calling on Government to work for the many, not a privileged few”.
Income inequality won’t be the only issue on the agenda at the People’s COAG. Fair taxation, the challenges faced by our youth and students, and welfare policies like Centrelink’s “robo-debt” will all be up for discussion.
Speakers will include Secretary of Unions Tasmania, Jessica Munday, Leanne Minshull, Director of the Australia Institute (Tasmania), Henry Pill from the Australian Lawyers Alliance and Griffin Blizzard, a youth advocate.
Jessica Munday, Secretary, Unions Tasmania