Penalty rates arrangements blow to 700,000 workers

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed the penalty rate wage cuts for 700,000 workers will begin in less than four weeks. The transitional arrangements for the penalty rate cuts will ensure the pain that workers face will be a long, drawn out process, with wage cuts every year over the next three to four […]

Welcoming Sally McManus as first woman ACTU Secretary

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today welcomed the election of Sally McManus as Secretary of the ACTU – the first time a woman has held the position in the peak union body. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said it was an historic milestone that the ACTU was now being […]

Turnbull fails working Australians – golden handshake to corporations

The Turnbull Government has delivered a golden handshake to $100 million corporations and the top 1 per cent of income earners, while working Australians are left even worse off. The top 1 per cent of income earners will get thousands of dollars in tax cuts and $100 million corporations get a massive tax cut in three […]

Australia facing corporate crime wave

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has released its extensive examination of corporate wrongdoing, providing an overview of corporate breaches pursued by ASIC, the ATO, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Commission. Given there is no central database to provide an overall view of corporate breaches, the ACTU commissioned the Australia Institute to examine and […]

Paris Agreement a step forward, but Australia still behind

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today welcomed Australia signing the Paris Agreement, but warned the Federal Government lacks a comprehensive approach to climate change or a plan for industry adjustment and jobs. Unless decisive action is taken to drive long-term change in the way we produce and use energy, our pollution levels will continue […]

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 […]

A rise in GST rejected by public

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says the Government is out of step with public opinion with the vast majority rejecting a GST hike to fund lower corporate taxes says the ACTU. Despite widespread concern about corporations in Australia not paying enough tax, the Coalition Government appears to want to decrease their tax obligations […]

Government attempts to justify assault on penalty rates

The release of the Trade Union Royal Commission’s final report, just days after the Productivity Commission’s workplace relations review, is further evidence that the Royal Commission has been used by the Coalition Government to pursue its own political ends. This Royal Commission was a political exercise from the start. The Coalition Government will attempt to […]

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