Associate Professor Shelley Marshall from RMIT University joins Dave to talk about topics relating to Human Rights Day (10 December)

WORKERS’ RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
“2020 has highlighted that we are only as strong as the most vulnerable in our community and when workers’ human rights are not protected, we all suffer.”There have been some positive steps like the recent announcement of the Victorian Secure Work Pilot Scheme, but we still have a long way ahead of us.

“Federal and state governments, the private sector and trade unions need to work together to ensure all precarious workers have access to sick leave and other rights – to protect those who perform important work in our society and to protect us all from the COVID-19 outbreaks we saw in Victoria in 2020.”
MODERN SLAVERY RISKS
“The Australian government has taken an important step by publishing the first statements from Australian companies on their efforts to ensure their supply chains do not involve modern slavery.
“As a part of its first report, Woolworths has identified 332 Australian fruit and vegetable suppliers within its supply chain where workers are at risk of slave-like conditions.
“One of the most effective ways for businesses like Woolworths to tackle modern slavery risks is to work closely with workers’ representatives within supply chains. Reporting is just the beginning.”