Turnbull must reject Productivity Commission call to cut take-home pay

On the eve of Christmas, the Productivity Commission has recommended cutting the take-home pay of Australia’s lowest-paid workers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must now reject these recommendations and give certainty to families who rely on weekend penalty rates. “This is an attack on the pay and rights of the hardest-working Australians. Employees who work on […]

Families put last in move to cut Paid Parental Leave

The Turnbull Government’s Paid Parental Leave will lower family incomes forcing many parents to choose between putting very young babies in childcare, or women – and some men – stepping out of the workforce. The $968 million cut will mean a huge strain both financially and emotionally for families struggling to juggle family and work […]

ACTU welcomes common sense review of super rules

The ACTU welcomes the establishment of a review of not for profit superannuation governance. We are especially pleased that the review will be conducted by former RBA Governor, Bernie Fraser who is the public face of industry super in Australia and brings a deep understanding of the sector to the job. We have been deeply […]

New research backs push for paid domestic violence leave in more workplaces

A survey of employers’ experiences of paid domestic violence leave in the workplace has produced overwhelmingly positive results for companies and the one in four workers affected by domestic violence. The research has shown that paid domestic leave can be delivered at minimal costs as leave requests are at modest levels. The introduction of paid […]

Keep Super Safe

Australian Unions built the most successful financial story in Australia – industry superannuation. Now Malcolm Turnbull wants to dismantle it. Industry superannuation has low fees and high returns because they are run in the interests of their members, not to make profits for banks. All profits are returned to members, there are no sales people […]

ACTU Executive tax resolution passed as GST debate ignores 11 million workers

Unions have committed to fighting tax policies that benefit corporations but ignore around 11 million low and middle income workers who face a significant increase to their cost of living under a GST increase. The ACTU Executive yesterday passed a resolution to campaign strongly as part of the Build a Better Future campaign for a […]

ACTU Blue Print For Reform

The ACTU is ready to roll up its sleeves and get to work to help bring about urgently needed government  reforms on critical areas including changes to the tax system to make it fairer for all Australians. We will work with the government, business and community groups to kick start urgent action to grow the […]

Abbott Government’s industry super ‘fix’ will hurt retirement savings

The Federal Government’s proposed changes to the governance of superannuation funds will undermine Australia’s high preforming Industry Super Funds and could see millions of Australians retire with less in their super. The ACTU submission on the Treasury Department’s Reforms to Superannuation Governance exposure draft outlines the threat to Industry Super Funds should the Abbott Government […]

Unions to work with business over cuts to paid parental leave

Unions will work together with business to combat attempts by the Abbott Government to strip away paid parental leave from 80,000 Australian families. Around 1000 union delegates from around the country have voted to work with employers, community and women’s groups to lobby MPs to oppose any reduction in employees’ access to the government paid […]

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