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Issue #1912      April 27, 2020

Extend JobKeeper!

People in insecure work and with lower incomes are more likely to face unemployment or being stood down without pay as a result of the pandemic, with women, young workers and those over 65 also over-represented, according to new research conducted for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

The data shows that 37 per cent of workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19 have been stood down without pay, but the situation is worse for those aged 18-34 (43 per cent) or over 65 (42 per cent).

“This virus has laid bare the longstanding problems in our industrial relations system. Women, young and older workers, as well as those in insecure work are falling through the cracks,” ACTU secretary Sally McManus said.

“This research shows that the groups the Morrison government has chosen not to support, especially those on short-term and casual contracts, are facing the highest rates of joblessness.

“The treasurer has the power to expand JobKeeper to give assistance to the people who need it most and he should do so.

“The recovery from this crisis must include a reversal of the government’s policy to use insecure work and the government must expanded rights for all working people.”

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