Media Releases 2015

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Recent Media Releases

Statement from ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver regarding the Royal Commission into Trade Unions

August 27, 2015

Acting on behalf of a number of affiliated unions, the ACTU has today written to the Royal Commission into Trade Unions following an article published in The Australian newspaper

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Statement – the Royal Commission into Trade Unions

August 19, 2015

Acting on behalf of a number of affiliated unions, the ACTU has today advised the Royal Commission into Trade Unions that it has determined to proceed with an application on Friday that the Commissioner disqualify himself.

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Email bounce back – Hutchison Ports Workers jobs protected

August 14, 2015

ACTU President Ged Kearney and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin are today meeting with Hutchison Ports Australia workers following the decision last night in the Federal Court to grant an injunction which protects their jobs.

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Biased Royal Commission into trade unions must be terminated

August 13, 2015

The Royal Commission into Trade Unions must be shut down following the revelation Justice Dyson Heydon is billed as a guest speaker at an upcoming Liberal Party fundraiser.

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Failure to act on climate change is a failure to create new jobs

August 11, 2015

The Abbott Government’s carbon reduction target of 26-28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030 is a missed opportunity to take genuine action on climate change and create the jobs of the future.

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Government leadership vacuum as 100 workers sacked by midnight email

August 7, 2015

With yesterday’s jobs figures showing that for the first time in twenty years there are more than 800,000 unemployed Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott cannot sit back as job losses mount.

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Indigenous unionists Build a Better Future in Cairns

August 5, 2015

The power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to determine the outcome of the next Federal election should not be underestimated, say Australian Unions.

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Productivity Commission report attacks penalty rates, minimum wage and rights at work

August 4, 2015

Unions have always said the Productivity Commission Inquiry was called by the Abbott Government in order to cut penalty rates, the minimum wage and rights at work – the interim report released today confirms that.

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Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes

July 31, 2015

“Australia must and can be better than this”

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Call for Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson to protect penalty rates for Geelong and Colac workers

July 31, 2015

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver led a rally outside the office of Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson today calling for her to take action to protect penalty rates for thousands of workers in the Geelong, Colac and Surf Coast regions.

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The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

Whether you want to join a union, take action in campaigns, or make the most of the benefits of being a union member, Australian Unions is the place to go for information and resources.
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Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
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Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
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Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
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Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
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