Media Releases 2014

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Recent Media Releases

Employer push to cut penalty rates before Christmas

December 23, 2014

An attempt by employers to cut penalty rates for millions of Australian workers has kicked off just before Christmas.

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Abbott Government owes apology to Julia Gillard, Australian taxpayers and jobless

December 19, 2014

The Abbott Government owes former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, taxpayers and jobless Australians an apology for wasting $50 million on a failed political inquiry instead of dealing with the jobs crisis.

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Government’s stealth attack on workers a week before Christmas

December 19, 2014

The Abbott Government has shown its true colours – at a time when they hope no one is looking – by announcing a wholesale review of Australia’s workplace laws that will see wages, conditions and rights at work slashed.

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Hockey gives big business tax dodgers a $600 million dollar Xmas present

December 17, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s broken promise to impose tough new tax avoidance rules on multinational companies reveals the true hypocrisy of the Abbott Government.

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Soaring unemployment, yet no plan for jobs

December 15, 2014

The Abbott Government has forecast unemployment of 6.5 per cent over the next two years but has failed to deliver any plan for jobs in today’s budget update.

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Mid-year budget update must deliver plan for jobs

December 15, 2014

The Abbott Government must deliver a credible plan to create new jobs in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due today.

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Australian jobs to go under Abbott’s free trade agreements

December 12, 2014

Australian jobs will be lost as a result of the Korea-Australian Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) that came into effect today, said the ACTU.

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Unemployment hits 12-year-high not seen since Tony Abbott was Employment Minister

December 11, 2014

Today’s 12-year-high unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent has destroyed any economic credibility the Abbott Government claims to have.

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Test for Government to put interests of workers ahead of big banks

December 7, 2014

The crucial test for the Abbott Government following the release of the Financial Systems Inquiry Report will be whether they put the interests of ordinary working Australians ahead of the big banks.

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Australian unions and business working together to boost jobs in the Pacific

December 5, 2014

Australian trade unions and employer groups have worked together to deliver skills training programs and create new job opportunities for people in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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