Coalition clamp-down on right of entry laws

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is alarmed that the Federal Government intends to stop working people organising in their workplaces and accessing their unions. Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash has confirmed the Coalition will remove unions’ access to lunchrooms and place limits on visits to workplaces. She also said the Federal Government planned […]

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. […]

Royal Commission extension a political fix, says ACTU

The nakedly political decision by the Abbott Government to extend the Trade Union Royal Commission by 12 months is based on their election timetable, ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons said today. “The Royal Commissioner has explicitly said that he can complete the inquiry two weeks ahead of the original deadline, that he can make findings […]

Unpaid super a billion dollar problem – ACTU

The ACTU has said that it was the proper role of superannuation funds and of unions to chase employers who were failing in their legal responsibilities to pay their workers’ superannuation.  As the Royal Commission has started to look at superannuation, there is a danger of missing the real issue: that superannuation payments are workers’ […]

NSWNMA organiser is ACTU Organiser of the Year

Darius Altman wins Organiser of the Year Darius Altman of the NSWNMA was named Organiser of the Year last night at the ACTU National Union Awards. NSWNMA also won for community outreach with the Unions for Transfusions program. A seafarer who spends his spare time mentoring young workers in the shipping industry was named union […]

Opening Address ACTU Congress Jeff Lawrence

Every three years unionists from around Australia, representing workers from every industry, every sector, representing men, women, migrants, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples come together and we debate what matters to working people, their families, and their communities. Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Sydney Convention Centre   I would like to welcome all of you here […]

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