Rosie Batty endorses push for domestic violence leave

The ACTU has welcomed the support of domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty for its claim to give millions of Australian workers access to domestic violence leave. Rosie Batty and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek were guest speakers at the Women’s Lunch at the ACTU Congress in Melbourne today. Ms Batty offered her support […]

Abbott on nose as unions gear up for election

New polling in six key marginal seats around the country shows voters believe the Abbott Government has no plan to create jobs, will make more cuts to health and education and that the Federal Budget does nothing to protect the living standards of working families. The ReachTel survey was carried out in the marginal federal […]

Budget fail – no jobs, no growth, no opportunity

If the Abbott Government’s plan to create jobs is a $5 billion dollar company tax cut – then it has no plans for jobs, says the ACTU. The government has made the $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business Package the centrepiece of the federal budget – yet $5 billion of that package is a tax […]

Millions goes into political inquiry while health stays in firing line

With health, education, childcare and pensions still in the Budget firing line, the Abbott Government’s multimillion dollar tax payer funded political inquiry returned today with further proof that it’s nothing more than a witch hunt. The Royal Commission has reportedly so far spent more than $50 million including lawyers’ fees in excess of $17 million. […]

Unions urge inquiry to protect penalty rates

The ACTU calls for workplace rights to be strengthened for women and millions of Australians in casual and insecure work in its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. Australian Unions also call for the minimum wage and penalty rates to be protected as well as greater rights for workers to bargain collectively, […]

Tax debate must be about fairness not profits

Unions welcome further discussion on tax reform but the focus must be on creating a more equitable system, not a bonanza for the wealthy. Change is urgently needed as the current system is unfair and skewed to benefit the wealthy. The Government would save billions of dollars every year by reducing superannuation concessions for high […]

Tens of thousands rally as economy takes another hit under Abbott

As tens of thousands of workers around the nation took to the streets to stand up for their rights at work, new national accounts figures proved that the Government must urgently change its direction. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the Abbott Government’s destructive agenda of savage cuts must be abandoned in favour of support for […]

Attack on penalty rates prompts strike action

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will participate in coordinated industrial action on Wednesday (4 March), as part of a union-led national day of action. Hundreds of nurses and midwives will take to the streets in Sydney and Newcastle to highlight their opposition to the Federal Government’s attacks on workers’ rights, Medicare […]

Employers need to support women returning to work after pregnancy

The response from employers to a new claim for award agreements that will help women return to work part time or on reduced hours after parental leave is out of touch with modern Australia. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the ACTU claim is reasonable and does not dictate terms to business. “Under the Fair Work […]

National Day of Action FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Productivity Commission inquiry, its relevance to nurses and midwives and the National Day of Action on Wednesday 4 March. Download this FAQ in PDF format: National Day of Action FAQ

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