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International Women's Day 2014: let's keep strong
On International Women’s Day we celebrate all the struggles and achievements of women in the union movement and the community. Achievements like equal pay, paid parental leave, and anti-discrimination laws. With an Abbott Government doing the bidding of big business, we need to keep strong and make sure these achievements are not eroded.
Join the campaign to increase the minimum wage
Australia’s a great place to live with a high standard of living, and we want to keep it that way. A cornerstone of our way of life is a decent wage - not just a minimum wage but a living wage. Today 1.5 million workers rely on the annual wage case run by Australian unions. Join our campaign to increase the minimum wage.
Take action to protect penalty rates
When you work unsociable hours and miss out on time with family and friends, you deserve to be compensated - that's why penalty rates exist. But
Tony Abbott is introducing new laws that will give employers the ability to strip away penalty rates under the smokescreen of "workplace flexibility." Send Tony Abbott and his government a strong message: don't mess with penalty rates.
Where are the jobs, Prime Minister?
Six hundred jobs must be added to the economy every day in order for Tony Abbott to fulfill his election promise to create one million new jobs within five years. The ACTU says this year's Federal Budget is an opportunity for the Government to protect Australian jobs and secure economic growth - not adopt a short-run fiscal strategy that will harm jobs and growth.
IN THE NEWS
Relive the highlights of the 2014 Australian Unions Organising Conference.
Tony Abbott has turned his back on workers and sided with big business to drive down wages and conditions.
Don't let the Government cut public services in secret. Have your say on what matters in your community.
Government using Fair Work review to make radical changes to IR, say unions (ABC AM, 7 March)
ACTU rejects Coalition MPs' calls for penalty rate review (ABC PM, 5 March)
Tony Abbott's green army will get half the minimum wage (SMH, 2 March)
Government asks industrial umpire to consider penalty rates (ABC AM, 5 February)
Royal commission into unions a witchhunt, says ACTU (SMH, 30 January)
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
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA
Rights, wages and conditions on trial in Abbott Government review
Abbott’s war on wages not supported by National Accounts figures
Local MPs launch attack on workers’ take-home pay
Abbott books one way ticket out of Australia for Qantas jobs
Abbott has a choice: save or sack Qantas workers
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