Unfair economy gathering speed

A new poll today shows that seven out of 10 Australians believe that the combination of penalty rate cuts, tax cuts for high income earners, and Ministers’ pay rises will create an unfair economy that benefits the wealthy over ordinary workers. The poll is being released on the day that penalty rates cuts come into […]

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 […]

Nurses and midwives join global solidarity march

Attacks on penalty rates, encroaching hospital privatisations and more health funding cuts will prompt members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to join in May Day marches and activities this week. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said this year’s theme ‘fighting inequality’ would focus on workers’ rights and the ongoing pursuit […]

Nurses see penalty cut proposal from emboldened employer

Nurses working for Sonic Health Plus could see their award-aligned Sunday penalty rates cut from 75% to 50%, in what is expected to be worrying trend for Australian workers. Sonic Health Plus nurses are currently on a non-union approved EBA, in which they receive award Sunday penalty rates. The ANMF and other unions opposed the […]

Penalty rates for nurses on the ‘slippery slope’ with Sonic Health proposal

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is fighting an attempt by health provider Sonic Health Plus to cut the Sunday penalty rates of its nurses by a staggering 25%. ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, described the company’s proposal as the “start of the slippery slope” for nurses working in so-called […]

Nurses and midwives also at risk of losing penalty rates

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new legal advice regarding the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) recent decision on penalty rates confirms its fears that nurses and midwives working in some parts of the health and aged care sectors are also at risk of losing their penalty rates and entitlements. […]

Cuts to penalty rates a worry for nurses and midwives

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday, late night and public holiday penalty rates will damage Australia’s collective values and open the flood gates for other industries to slash wages. Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, said today’s decision to modify these penalty rates […]

Estia cuts Sunday penalty rates

Aged care provider, Estia, has announced it will reduce Sunday penalty rates for nurses caring for the frail and elderly in its homes by 15 per cent from 75 per cent to 60 per cent. Estia’s proposal for a new Enterprise Agreement would see already low paid nurses lose up to $41.55 for an eight […]

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