Australian unions want better protection for WFH workers

Unions in Australia unions are evaluating if more protection would be needed so that workers do not face discrimination or loss of pay and benefits.
By: | November 10, 2020

More than 80% of Australian workers want to continue to work from home (WFH) in some capacity, according to a survey of 10,000 Australian employees conducted by unions.

The survey also reported 40% of staff working longer hours and 90% not being paid overtime or penalty rates for extra hours worked, said The Guardian. 

The survey was conducted by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and released before an executive meeting to adopt a charter of rights pertaining to working from home. 

The number of workers who worked from home rose to 31% in September compared to the 12% before the pandemic.  

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The ACTU survey showed that 81% of workers preferred to work from home if they were given enough support, while 47% said they were more productive working from home.  

The ACTU believes that a working-from-home charter should ensure that “the rights and benefits of those now working from home not be less favourable than what they were prior to the move to home-based work, and that working from home not be grounds for discrimination”.