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Monthly Organising Meeting

September 3, 2016, 2:00pm - September 3, 2016, 4:00pm

Join us for our monthly organising meeting, as we discuss our plans for the next few months, including our major project for the second half of the year, Power To The Poor - Silent No More (Anti-Poverty Week Conference), as well as our Target 80K - 80,000 Jobs For SA campaign. Bring your ideas for projects and events, as we continue our fight against the welfare-bashers!! ****GUEST SPEAKER: Madonna Coulahan from the Community and Public Sector Union**** All welcome. Food and drinks will be available. Info: 0411 587 663 or antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com.

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MEDIA RELEASE: 'Job Active' Providers – Wasting Taxpayer's Money And Unemployed People's Time

INFO: Anti-Poverty Network SA spokesperson Pas Forgione, on 0411 587 663, or at antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com; Australian Unemployed Workers Union spokesperson Owen Bennett, on 03 8394 5266

Unemployed people are sick and tired of 'Job Active' providers, the $1.3 billion-per-year government-funded organisations tasked with helping job-seekers find work, but which are creating needless hardship and stress.

Current and former unemployed people who have dealt with these services will gather on Friday August 26th at 1pm at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Beulah Park. They will be sharing their experiences and ideas for securing better treatment.

Anti-Poverty Network SA spokesperson Pas Forgione said, "it is very hard being unemployed in Australia. Not only do you have to survive on the grossly inadequate Newstart Allowance, which is only $260 per week, but you face an unfair labour market, one where there is 11 job-seekers for every job (when you include the underemployed)."

"To make matters worse, the unemployed have to navigate the complex and frustrating world of Job Active, a world of useless appointments and short courses. Very little of this busyness helps the unemployed, most of whom want to find work, but face the grim reality of nowhere near enough jobs to go around", Mr. Forgione said.

Anti-Poverty Network SA regularly hears stories of job-seekers being wrongly treated by their providers, such as:

- Being given insufficient notice of appointments, and providers being very inflexible about rescheduling them;
- Job-seekers who miss appointments because of poor health or work commitments being 'breached' (having their payment cut), even when they have notified their agency beforehand;
- Job-seekers not having their physical and mental health circumstances taken into account.

Aidan Jarvis, a young job-seeker, said, "after two complaints to the Department of Employment about my old agency, I quickly changed to a new provider. I went in for an introductory meeting, and they forgot about me for a whole month. I contacted them each week afterwards, and they finally realised they had not set anything up for me on the third time I contacted."

"And in my first meeting they immediately placed me in Work For The Dole and that was it. I asked them to use their expertise in the world of job seeking to reword and improve my resume, and they still have not done that. If they cannot do that, how can they help me look for work?”

"We know there are already serious questions about the effectiveness and integrity of the Job Active system. Multiple government inquiries, and a February 2015 'Four Corners' report, detailed evidence of widespread rorting in the Job Active program, including forgery, manipulation of records, and inflated claims for fees (that agencies receive from the government for providing certain services)."

“Unemployed people do not need more punishment and stress, when they are already struggling on very low income support payments. They need a government that stops blaming them, recognises there are not enough jobs to go around, and starts genuinely support those out of work, instead of making them jump through hoops and over hurdles", Mr. Forgione said.
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'I've had job network members become vengeful with me over a point of contention, then more so after my complaint about their behaviour. I was breached for not attending an appointment they'd agreed I needn't attend due to my working night shift the night before my appt. and my bringing in my job searches the day before the appt. These people can prevent you being able to pay your rent with an 8 week breach. They have filled my days with anxiety about becoming homeless, repeating this act could achieve it. From the behaviour I experienced I believe they would breach intentionally, they'd breach when unwarranted as punishment.' - "John". ... See MoreSee Less

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'I've had job network members become vengeful with me over a point of contention, then more so after my complaint about their behaviour. I was breached for not attending an appointment they'd agreed I needn't attend due to my working night shift the night before my appt. and my bringing in my job searches the day before the appt. These people can prevent you being able to pay your rent with an 8 week breach. They have filled my days with anxiety about becoming homeless, repeating this act could achieve it. From the behaviour I experienced I believe they would breach intentionally, they'd breach when unwarranted as punishment.' - "John".

Australian Unemployed Workers' Union South Australian Council of Social Service
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Job Networks - Your Rights And How To Defend Them

August 26, 2016, 1:00pm - August 26, 2016, 3:00pm

Feel like your job network mistreats you? Unfairly breaches you? Does not give you enough notice of appointments? Never lets you reschedule? Wastes your time? Then this event is for you. We will be discussing and distributing copies of the Unemployed Workers Rights Guide, a terrific booklet produced by the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union. Download it here: tinyurl.com/zxdzp9x. How can we ensure as many job-seekers have access to that booklet? How can we help job-seekers to defend their rights? Come along with your stories, questions, and ideas!! Info: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com or 0411 587 663.

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THIS FRIDAY!! :-)

We think this event could be the start of some very interesting projects.

We would love to have a team of us, four or five people, who felt they had the confidence, knowledge, and skills to accompany job-seekers on their appointments.

Could we hand these out near job agencies? Could we pressure job agencies into making them available? Could we try a 'name and shame' campaign around particularly nasty job agencies, like we did with some of the nastier Work For The Dole placements?
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Job Networks - Your Rights And How To Defend Them

August 26, 2016, 1:00pm - August 26, 2016, 3:00pm

Feel like your job network mistreats you? Unfairly breaches you? Does not give you enough notice of appointments? Never lets you reschedule? Wastes your time? Then this event is for you. We will be discussing and distributing copies of the Unemployed Workers Rights Guide, a terrific booklet produced by the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union. Download it here: tinyurl.com/zxdzp9x. How can we ensure as many job-seekers have access to that booklet? How can we help job-seekers to defend their rights? Come along with your stories, questions, and ideas!! Info: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com or 0411 587 663.

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Looking forward to this!! :-)

Community Meeting - Time To Solve The Jobs Crisis
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Community Meeting - Time To Solve The Jobs Crisis

September 10, 2016, 2:00pm - September 10, 2016, 4:00pm

We face a jobs crisis in SA: 90,000 job-seekers, but only 10,000 job vacancies. Governments ignore this fact and blame the unemployed, who are struggling on the very low Newstart Allowance (only $260 per week). Being unemployed isn't a short-term thing, it's a long, painful ordeal. It's time to shift the blame off those out of work and onto governments. There is so much work that needs to be done, work that would benefit the community and the environment. We can't leave job creation to the private sector: governments must get involved. We need 80,000 extra jobs. Real, fair jobs. Enough for everyone looking for work. We can make it happen, if we fight for it.

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