The peak body for working people will today launch a month-long advertising campaign calling on Australians to take action for change.
Sally McManus, working people and leaders of their unions will hold a press conference on Sunday October 7, 2018 at midday in Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, to discuss the campaign.
The campaign builds on earlier activity including an ad campaign in March, April and May.
The TV advertisements feature a woman drawing the comparison between exorbitant CEO pay, company profits and the very low or non-existent pay rises experienced by many working people.
An independent survey commission by the ACTU found that 80 percent of employed people had not had a pay rise that kept up with the cost living in the last 12 months, with nearly half receiving no pay rise at all.
A series of rallies will be held around the country in every capital city and many regional centers beginning on October 18 in Perth and continuing until November 20 in Brisbane.
View the Change the Rules television ad: https://cloud.actu.org.au/index.php/s/CBKM8Ffn4SmKw3G
Listen to the radio ad: https://cloud.actu.org.au/index.php/s/ZC2W8dYXxcXK9Zf
For details of nationwide rallies: http://changetherules.org.au
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“Working people in Australia are ready to change the rules so we can have fair pay and more secure jobs.
“We are ready to change the rules so we can re-balance the system and negotiate on more equal terms with big business.
“The economy has changed and the narrow enterprise only bargaining system is failing a lot of people. Stronger rights for working people will help rebalance the system. Our campaign is about bringing back a fair go for working people.
“Working people have had enough of businesses taking obscene profits and CEOs making exorbitant salaries at the expense of the pay rises and job security we need to get ahead of the cost of living.
“We are ready to take action to get the fair pay and more secure jobs we need to live better lives – join us at a rally in your area, or head to changetherules.org.au.”
Media contact: Lachlan Williams 0447 682 027, Peter Green 0400 764 200