Media Releases

Read current and past media statements from the ACTU.

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Recent Media Releases

Real wages are now growing but there is still ground to be recovered

July 10, 2024

A new OECD report has confirmed that real wages are growing again in Australia for the first time in
nearly three years.

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Future Made in Australia important for jobs and climate action

July 3, 2024

The ACTU has welcomed the Federal Government’s Future Made in Australia Act as an important step change that will lock in decades of jobs and domestic manufacturing while supercharging Australia’s transition to clean energy.

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Unions call for Net Zero Economy Authority as matter of urgency

July 2, 2024

The ACTU and regional coal and gas power workers today called on the Greens and Senate cross benchers to pass the Net Zero Economy Authority Bill.

The NZEA Bill needs to pass the Senate to set up a new Authority charged with supporting workers and communities to thrive through the energy transition.

Speaking in Canberra, ACTU President, Michele O’Neil and workers from impacted communities stressed the Net Zero Economy Authority has an urgent, important task ahead of it, as industries like coal-fired power stations start to phase down.

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Workers take home pay up from 1 July

June 28, 2024

Australian workers will experience a significant boost to their personal finances from 1 July with the combined impacts of wage rises and the Federal Government’s tax cuts.

The 3.75 per cent annual wage increases will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 July. An entry-level retail or hospitality worker will be $2,600 per year better off; a mid-level community sector worker will be $3,260 a year better off; and a forklift driver will be $3,170 better off.

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Dutton’s dangerous nuclear fantasy will cost workers, says ACTU

June 19, 2024

The ACTU condemns Peter Dutton’s election promise of building nuclear power plants as ‘dangerous’ and ‘costly’ for Australian workers.

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Right to disconnect – not just desirable but necessary

June 12, 2024

The ACTU is continuing to press for a clear easily understood mechanism to give workers in a wide range of circumstances across all industries the right to disconnect to reclaim a level of work-life balance.

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ACTU seeks wage justice for young workers 

June 6, 2024

The union movement’s peak Congress meeting in Adelaide has endorsed a new youth policy to tackle discriminatory junior rates of pay designed to make work fairer for young people.

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Statement on the election of ACTU officials at Congress 2024

June 5, 2024

The leadership team of ACTU President Michele O’Neil, Secretary Sally McManus, Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien and Assistant Secretary Joseph Mitchell were re-elected by the ACTU Congress today.

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New clean energy jobs critical to the future of work, says ACTU

June 5, 2024

Unions at ACTU Congress are seeking strong emissions reduction targets as they focus on climate change as the driver of the future of work in Australia.

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