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 […]

Penalty rates are not for the taking Mr Abbott

The campaign to protect penalty rates kicked up a gear today with the release of new ACTU research, ‘One out – The Abbott Government and the return of unfair individual contracts’ which outlines how the Abbott Government’s proposed Industrial Relations legislation robs workers of their penalty rates alongside other workplace rights. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver […]

Kearney tour to give voice to ordinary Australians

ACTU President Ged Kearney will today begin a national two-week tour of workplaces to discuss the dangerous direction being set by the Abbott Government for 2014. Ms Kearney said she will visit postal workers in Sydney, healthcare workers in Melbourne and manufacturing workers in Perth, who are among the hundreds of thousands of Australians shut […]

Nurses rally to defend Medicare

Acting General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Judith Kiejda, today said nurses would turn out in numbers to Saturday’s’s rally in defence of Medicare, to be held outside Sydney Town Hall at 1pm. “For decades now Medicare has been sacrosanct – above politics. The idea that all Australians can see a […]

Parliament delivers aged care compact

The Federal Government’s $3.7 billion Living Longer, Living Better aged care reform package passed through both houses of Parliament on June 26 and the $1.2 billion in pay rises began to flow through to aged care nurses and care workers on July 1. Pay rises of about $46 a week or $2390 a year for […]

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