FWC ruling not enough to close wages gap

Today’s Fair Work Commission ruling to grant a 3.3 per cent increase in the minimum wage for Australia’s low-paid workers will do “precious little” to help nursing, midwifery and care staff on the national Nurses Award 2010 keep up with the rising cost of living, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). The […]

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 […]

No need for Abbott’s Productivity Commission inquiry – ACTU

A new report by the Fair Work Commission shows there is no evidence to support the need for a Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. The Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS) is one of the most significant studies of Australian workplace relations in 20 years, involving 3,000 businesses and 8,000 employees. ACTU President Ged Kearney […]

Slowest wages growth on record

With the wage Price Index released today showing wages growth well below average in every single industry, it’s time for the Abbott Government to come clean about the non-existent ‘wages-blowout’. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said, “The truth is that we are seeing the slowest wages growth on record and it’s time for the Abbott Government […]

Time for O’Farrell to accept referee’s decision

The General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Brett Holmes has welcomed the decision of Justice Boland in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW to grant public sector workers the 2.5 percent wage increase originally promised by the O’Farrell Government’s own wage policy. “This is a victory for fairness and a lesson […]

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