Media Releases 2012

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Recent Media Releases

Quad Bike safety summit must be followed by action

October 19, 2012

Quad Bike safety summit must be followed by action

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Rollover protection devices must be made compulsory to stop quad bike fatalities, say unions

October 17, 2012

Rollover protection devices must be made compulsory to stop quad bike fatalities, say unions

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New legislation ensures company insolvency won’t cost workers their entitlements

October 11, 2012

The ACTU has today welcomed new legislation that will increase the protection for workers who lose their entitlements when companies go under.

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World Day for Decent Work 2012: new report shows insecure work phenomenon rising across globe

October 7, 2012

A new report highlighting the growth of insecure work across the globe, released in time for World Day for Decent Work, is disturbing evidence that employers around the world are joining forces to erode workers’ rights and conditions through labour hire.

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Casual workers experience higher financial stress, save less, worry about their future: report

October 1, 2012

New research released today reveals that people in insecure work experience higher levels of financial stress, struggle to save, and are more likely to rent than be able to buy a house.

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Employers using “cash-in-hand” work to rip off workers and taxpayers, new research finds

September 27, 2012

One in four young workers are not receiving their legal entitlements to penalty rates, sick leave, superannuation and other conditions because employers are using a black market cash economy to avoid their obligations, according to new research.

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Timely Federal Government action to protect state employees from insecure work

September 21, 2012

The decision by the Commonwealth Government to protect the entitlements of state employees whose jobs are outsourced to the private sector is not only a major victory for those workers but shows the way for secure jobs in Australia.

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Government shows it is on side of Australian workers with commitment to preserve penalty rates

September 18, 2012

The Government’s commitment to maintain the penalty rates system shows it is on the side of Australian workers who give up precious family and social time to go to work at weekends.

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Newman Government creates new blueprint for Liberal attacks on services, jobs and rights at work

September 12, 2012

Massive cuts to public sector jobs and services by the Newman Government in Queensland are the latest wave in a disturbing trend that points to what the Coalition would do if it gained power federally.

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Business conference to teach employers how to create insecure work is an outrage

September 11, 2012

Unions have condemned the organisers of a conference aimed at teaching employers how to casualise and contract out their workforce.

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