From the late 1800s until the 1970s many Aboriginal workers and/or Torres Strait Islander workers were denied access to their wages, which in many cases were simply stolen by government officials and employers.
The QTU has long been an active voice in supporting the Stolen Wages campaign and welcomed the 18 August announcement by the Palaszczuk government that Social Justice Commission Mick Gooda had been appointed to head up a Stolen Wages Taskforce to oversee the $21 million reparations fund.
The Taskforce has undertaken consultation throughout the state and made recommendations to government on the distribution of the reparations fund. Government is expected to respond in the new year.
The next step for QTU members in this continued campaign is to make sure that workers or their descendants who might be eligible for payments have their details registered. If you know of someone who might be eligible to make a claim let them know that the best way to register details is to call the Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce on 1800 619 505.
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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