It's now been over 30 months since 18-year old Josh Park-Fing died on his Toowoomba 'Work for the Dole' site - yet, our government still refuses all requests to release the report into his death, or take any responsibility for this dangerous program. In fact, the government recently significantly expanded the Work for the Dole program.
Two-and-a-half years after their tragic loss, Josh's grieving family continues to wait for answers. Josh's employment service provider has now been fined a measly $90k for forcing Josh into a compliance activity that ultimately took his life.
We are calling on the Jobs Minister Kelly O'Dwyer to take responsibility for this dangerous and puntiive program and shut down Work for the Dole.
Tomorrow, we will hand-deliver this petition to Kelly O'Dwyer's office at 4pm asking her to shut down Work for the Dole. It's clear that the government cannot ensure our safety on these sites - and unemployed workers like Josh cannot continue putting their lives at risk.
In addition to signing our petition or coming along to Kelly's office, you can help us ramp up the pressure by calling Kelly O'Dwyer's office on (03) 9822 4422.
Tell her to release the report into Josh's death. Ask her why her government continues to roll out a program that fails to meet proper workplace health & safety standards 64% of the time. And tell her, for the safety and well-being of all workers, to shut down this awful program.
If we don't put up resistance to this program now, the Government will simply continue to expand it like they did last month - forcing more and more vulnerable unemployed workers into punitive, humiliating and pointless activities to keep our paltry Newstart entitlements. Please join the AUWU in standing up for the safety, dignity and well-being of unemployed workers.