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Australian Unions. Join. For a better life.
Australian Unions have launched a new campaign which highlights the increasing pressures many workers face from the demands of business, which are impacting their lives outside of work. Under the banner
Australian Unions. Join. For a better life
unions will be highlighting the role they continue to play standing up for the basic rights at work that Australians have always enjoyed.
Minimum wage decision fails to close pay gap
Low-paid workers will fall even further behind as a result of this year's Annual Wage Review decision by the Fair Work Commission. The Commission has awarded a pay rise of just $15.80, well short of the $30 sought by the ACTU to close the gap between the low-paid and average earnings. The new minimum wage of $622.20 begins in July.
Destination Fiji: a vacation from workers' rights
Thought Fiji was an island paradise? Think again. Since 2006, a military dictatorship has cracked down on workers' rights and more Fijians are living in poverty. Join the online campaign to raise awareness about the reality of life under Fiji's military dictatorship, and calling for the Australian Government to turn up the pressure on the regime to restore democracy.
Modern workplaces need to give families time to care
Family-friendly work arrangements shouldn’t come at the expense of our job or income security. A new report based on stories from hundreds of workers reveals employers are failing to give parents and carers flexibility to balance work and family. Join our campaign to give workers the time to care.
IN THE NEWS
The Coalition’s industrial relations policy is an attempt to return individual contracts to the heart of the workplace system.
Read our coverage of the 2013 Federal Budget on Working Life.
The ACTU has launched a confidential hotline to report 457 visa abuses and help victims. The number is 1300 362 223.
ACTU push to expand super-profits tax (The Australian, 9 October)
ACTU defends penalty rates (The Australian, 9 October)
Labor should reconsider 'super-profits' tax (Business Spectator, 9 October)
Casual workforce bad for economy (Ninemsn, 3 October)
Banks should pass on full rate cut (Ninemsn, 2 October)
Factsheet: Casual Workers
History of Australian unions tracing the key moments and achievements of movement
Factsheet: Types of Leave and Public Holiday Entitlements
Carbon Price factsheet
Report of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work (Lives on Hold)
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Union work on international issues
457 visa system is allowing exploitation of imported workers
Unions launch campaign for a better life for workers and their families
Wage gap will widen after today’s decision by Fair Work Commission
Statement from Ged Kearney
Unions call for closer engagement from business over economic challenges
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