By Juliano Oliveira
ACT (Australian Council of Trade Unions) has called on Federal Government for the adoption of an eight-point plan considered vital for the resumption of the economy.
“We have released a comprehensive blueprint for rebuilding the economy and restoring jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Michele O’Neil president of the entity.
“Before the virus, we were living with the devastating effects of thirty years of trickle-down economics: a decimated social safety net, millions of people in insecure work, and stagnant wage growth.”
The council claims that their eight-point plan may help with the creation of “two million new secure jobs and the halving of job insecurity”.
- Improve the quality and security of jobs by halving the number of insecure jobs and increasing by 2 million the number of permanent jobs.
- Lift wages and living standards.
- Strengthen and invest in public and community services that are our first line of defence against ‘shocks’ like COVID-19, bushfires and drought.
- Support nation-building projects that create decent jobs and set Australia up for a brighter future.
- Education and training.
- Deal with the crisis of climate change.
- Improve social, health and economic outcomes for people and communities that experience disadvantage.
- Embrace industry policy and ‘Australian made’.