Shut Down the Dangerous Work for the Dole Program

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As reported in the Herald Sun recently, this month Sandor Szolnoki was exposed to asbestos at a government-approved Work for the Dole site in Adelaide.

Just one asbestos fibre can cause deadly asbestosis, which is a serious scarring of the lungs.

Sandor is only one of many unemployed workers concerned about their safety at Work for the Dole programs across Australia. This year there were 500 Work for the Dole injuries reported - including the tragic death of Josh Park Fing at his Work for the Dole site in Toowoomba - compared to 90 the previous year. 

According to the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union's 2015-16 National Advocacy Hotline Report, 30% of calls related to Work for the Dole safety issues.

It is clear that the Government can no longer guarantee the safety of Work for the Dole participants. The program must be shut down.

After signing this petition, please call the Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash on (08) 9226 2000 and ask her office how this could happen and what they are doing about this WFTD crisis.



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