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Recent Media Releases

ACTU will call out ‘Rockets and Feathers’ as just one example of unfair pricing practices by supermarkets 

April 14, 2024

ACTU Assistant Secretary Joseph Mitchell is expected to criticise major supermarket pricing practices when he gives evidence to the Senate committee on Supermarket Prices today (Monday). 

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“Future Made in Australia Act” historic step forward for workers

April 11, 2024

The Australian Council of Trade Unions strongly supports the Prime Ministers announcement today of a Future Made in Australia Act and looks forward to working with Government to ensure that its content guarantees the creation of good, safe, secure well-paid jobs and tangible community benefits.

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Unions welcome record pay rises for workers on new collective agreements

April 3, 2024

The ACTU welcomes recently released data by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations for the December 2023 quarter showing that average pay rises for workers covered by new collective agreements reached a 15-year high of 4.3 percent.

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‘Roster justice’ needed so workers can plan their lives

March 27, 2024

The ACTU has used its reply submission on the work and care stream of the Fair Work Commission’s
Modern Awards Review 2023-24 to call for “roster justice” and to highlight the impact that unfair
rostering can have on workers

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ACTU calls for 5% increase to minimum wages

March 25, 2024

The ACTU announced it will seek a 5% increase in Australia’s minimum and award wages as part of its submission to the Annual Wage Review.

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All workers should be protected from discrimination, says ACTU

March 21, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendation to protect students, teachers and other workers at religious educational institutions from discrimination.

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Rise in more secure jobs welcomed by ACTU

March 21, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the significant decline in the unemployment rate today as a welcomed boost to working people built on major improvements to our workplace laws.

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Forcing unemployment to rise is not the answer, says ACTU

March 19, 2024

The ACTU calls on the RBA to cut the cash rate following today’s decision by the Board to hold it steady at 4.35 percent.

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Award system letting down women and carers 

March 13, 2024

he ACTU’s response to the Fair Work Commission’s Work and Care discussion paper outlines changes that need to be made to awards to update them to reflect the needs of a modern workforce.  

Despite some significant improvements, awards still reflect a long outdated idea that the average worker does not have any caring responsibilities as their partner looks after this at home while they are available to work full time.

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Super on paid parental leave historic step in achieving gender equality in retirement 

March 7, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the announcement that the Albanese Labor Government will pay superannuation on the Government payment from 1 July 2025. This change will rectify a historic inequity that costs women thousands of dollars in retirement savings contributing to the stark gendered retirement gap. 

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