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$27 minimum wage boost needed now
A $27 wage rise per week for our lowest paid workers is essential if Australia is to avoid creating an underclass of working poor. This year, the ACTU is seeking to increase the national minimum wage by 71c an hour to $17.08 per hour. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver says this is necessary to prevent the between the low paid and the rest of the workforce from widening.
Support Qantas workers and keep the jobs in Australia
Qantas workers and their unions have been in Canberra to meet Tony Abbott and other Ministers over the airline's plan to sack 5000 employees. They say that whatever happens to the ownership of the airline, Qantas jobs need to stay in Australia. Will you sign on to support Qantas workers?
Workers will be hit by financial advice deregulation
Laws to remove consumer protections in financial services would see working people get ripped off by big banks. The Abbott Government’s move to water down the Future of Financial Advice Act would lead to working Australians losing hard-earned savings to greedy financial institutions. Take action to stop these changes going ahead.
Celebrating the unsung heroes of Australian unions
A group of workers who took on one of the big four banks and reversed a decision to send more than 500 jobs offshore have been honoured at the ACTU annual union awards. Read about their award-winning workplace campaign and the other unsung heroes of the Australian union movement who were awarded on 18 March.
IN THE NEWS
Australian unions are fighting for women in 2014.
Relive the highlights of the 2014 Australian Unions Organising Conference.
This year's Federal Budget must put jobs before spending cuts.
Restaurant industry calls for wage freeze, unions want $27 p/w more for low paid workers
ACTU to seek rise in minimum wages as home ownership becomes a pipedream (SMH, 25 March)
Union bid to extend adult pay rates for all (The Australian, 24 March)
Effects of unemployment to hit harder in struggling areas (The Sunday Age, 23 March)
Abbott spurns Qantas workers' personal plea (The Australian, 21 March)
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
Easter break no excuse to rip off young and casual workers
Employers ‘crying wolf’ want low paid workers to take a pay cut
Jobs for young people better than extending retirement age
Workers to come off second best in Federal Budget
Trade deals can’t be at expense of Australian jobs
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