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Thousands die or injured at work each year in Australia

Over half-a-million workers injured and thousands killed each year in Australia shows we need to strengthen, not weaken, workplace safety regulation, unions say. Data shows that 600,000 workers are injured per year, 127,000 of those … Read More

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Queensland nurses and midwives dispute privatisation assurances

Attempts by the Queensland premier Campbell Newman to reassure Queenslanders about his public hospital privatisation program are disingenuous and also confirm that one aim is to cut the pay and working conditions, including safe staffing … Read More

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Insecure works entrenches inequality

Insecure work is pushing more Australians with jobs below the poverty line and entrenching inequality, the ACTU said today. ACTU president Ged Kearney said Anti Poverty Week, which starts today, was a reminder of the … Read More

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Hospitality employers lose bid to cut penalty rates

Low-paid hospitality workers will be the winners from a Fair Work Australia decision to reject a Restaurant and Caterers’ Association bid to scrap penalty rates on Saturdays and Sundays. ACTU president Ged Kearney said the … Read More

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Dubbo nurses suspend bed closures for two weeks

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members at Dubbo Hospital voted on Tuesday October 1 to suspend for two weeks the planned closure of the hospital’s Emergency Medical Unit’s (EMU) six beds after hospital management agreed … Read More

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Dubbo nurses act on unsafe ED staffing

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members at Dubbo Hospital have voted to close the six beds in the hospital’s Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) from Monday afternoon, 30 September, and ban unreasonable overtime in the emergency … Read More

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Abbott Government tears up aged care compact

Aged care workers are having promised pay rises reduced or withdrawn after the Abbott Government said it would tear up Labor’s workforce compact guaranteeing higher wages in the sector, the ACTU revealed today. The Government … Read More

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NSWNMA slams GST rise proposal

The NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA) has slammed renewed calls from sections of the Liberal Party for an increased GST rate as inequitable and a typical conservative approach to public financial management. The NSWNMA … Read More

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NSW nurses and midwives join global day of action

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) delegates and members from around the state will join Global Nurses United’s first international day of action on 17 September, as part of their ongoing Ratios put patient safety … Read More

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