A member of the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union has been visited twice within two hours at his home by 'Help' Employment – a gross new level of intimidation and harassment.
We are demanding apology from the minister Michaelia Cash and 'Help' Employment CEO Denver Fresser. You can help by contacting the minister at email@example.com and the Fresser at firstname.lastname@example.org to object and request that this intimidation stop.
The AUWU investigated 'Help' Employment's conduct, who claim they were doing a 'welfare check', which is not banned under jobactive deed. We request the Secretary work to ensure that this grey area is resolved to protect the privacy of welfare recipients.
You can help change the rules to stop job agencies doing this by contacting the Secretary's office on (02) 6240 5325 to request that they do this.
The person who visited our member's home is not a social worker, doctor or psychologist – had support been required this person was not equipped to respond safely.
Everyone has a fundamental right to privacy and to feel safe in their home. It should not be possible for a job agency to visit people at home unless explicitly requested to do so.
If this has happened to you, we encourage you to file a complaint with the department on 1800 805 260, and to also get into contact with the AUWU on 1800 289 848.