Media Releases 2015

Read current and past media statements from the ACTU.

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Recent Media Releases

Turnbull Government wants to trash democratic right to protest

November 24, 2015

ACTU SECRETARY Dave Oliver, On Government response to Harper Review

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New research backs push for paid domestic violence leave in more workplaces

November 22, 2015

A survey of employers’ experiences of paid domestic violence leave in the workplace has produced overwhelmingly positive results for companies and the one in four workers affected by domestic violence. The research has shown that paid domestic leave can be delivered at minimal costs as leave requests are at modest levels.

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We don’t need a GST hike, we need a fairer tax system

November 5, 2015

The Government’s focus on increasing GST unfairly targets middle and low income workers and families and will further entrench inequality within the Australian tax system.
If the Government is as genuine about tackling the tax system as it says it is then the reform must include current corporate tax minimization methods which cost the nation billions of dollars.

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Union membership numbers higher than ABS indicators

October 27, 2015

Despite ABS figures released today – compiled from the Characteristics of Employment (COE) Survey in 2014 – ACTU data from 46 affiliated unions shows union membership in October 2015 stood at 1.8 million members.

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In the rush to the sharing economy let’s not give up worker’s rights

October 22, 2015

Unions welcome moves by Labor to tackle the complex issues around workplaces and the new digital economy.

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Three workers killed every week in 2015, vigilance on workplace safety must be made a priority

October 13, 2015

Australian Unions are meeting this week in Canberra for the 2015 ACTU Occupational Health
Safety and Workers Compensation Conference to discuss how to tackle significant workplace
safety issues and barriers.

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ACTU welcomes the gutting of the Fair Work Amendment Bill

October 13, 2015

Today the Senate defeated many of the unfair proposals in the Turnbull
Government’s Fair Work Amendment Bill, rejecting the prospect of more exploitation of the most vulnerable workers in our community.

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ACTU ‘Secret Army’s’ high profile push for a better future

September 12, 2015

The Union Movement’s so called ‘secret army’ of nurses and neighbours, teachers and tradies, mums and dads, students and retirees will be out in huge numbers across the nation this weekend talking about a positive plan for Australia’s future.

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Build a better future for Australian women

September 4, 2015

Equal Pay Day today acknowledges the 65 extra days the average Australian woman works each year to earn the same wages as a man.

The ACTU calls upon the Government to act now to build a better future for Australian women and close the gender pay gap. Women are now earning on average $285 less per week than men and retire with an average of $90 000 less in superannuation.

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