Women still losing out on pay at every stage of life

A new report released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) today reveals that Australian women are financially disadvantaged at every key stage of their life: in childhood, at the workplace, through pregnancy, motherhood and as a carer, and in retirement. The ACTU’s Gender Pay Gap – Over the Life Cycle report shows that […]

No Christmas joy for nurses worried about penalty rates

While families across Australia are busy making Christmas plans, members of the country’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), are busy planning shift work away from their loved ones. With the looming threat of losing penalty rates and loadings for working around the clock to provide life-saving nursing […]

Concerns remain for nurses and midwives’ penalty rates

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears the battle for penalty rates and attacks on the minimum wage are far from over, following today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report into workplace relations. Despite recommending penalty rates be maintained for essential services, alarmingly, the Productivity Commission has failed to identify whether nurses employed […]

Productivity Commission report attacks penalty rates, minimum wage, rights at work

Unions have always said the Productivity Commission Inquiry was called by the Abbott Government in order to cut penalty rates, the minimum wage and rights at work – the interim report released today confirms that. The report calls for a two-tiered workplace system with Sunday penalty rates to be cut for workers in hospitality, entertainment […]

2015 Productivity Commission Inquiry and the threat to penalty rates

The workplace relations agenda of the Federal Liberal government has become clear with the start of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into “all aspects” of our working conditions.  Our rights at work are under attack. Penalty rates are under attack. What are penalty rates and why are they paid? For decades penalty rates have been paid […]

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