Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Speaking out for migrant workers

The Uniting Church has joined civil society groups pushing for all migrant workers to receive the Federal Government's new JobKeeper wage subsidy.

More than 120 organisations including the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Refugee Council of Australia, and the Queensland Community Alliance are calling on the Morrison Governmnet to expand the coverage of its JobKeeper scheme.

They want the scheme to cover all working people in Australia, regardless of visa status or how long they’ve been working in their current job.

The Federal Parliament is considering the JobSeeker package in a special sitting on Wednesday 8 April. 

Queensland Moderator Rev David Baker is a spokesman for the campaign.

“As a nation we are finding our life together in new ways. It’s important that no one gets left behind,” said Rev. Baker.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 26 March, seeking assurances that support would be available for people living in Australia who have no income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.