Media Releases 2015

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Recent Media Releases

Unions take action to protect penalty rates for Geelong and Colac workers

July 28, 2015

Australian Unions will today launch a campaign to ‘Save Our Weekend’ and protect penalty rates for thousands of workers in the Geelong, Colac and Surf Coast regions.

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Abbott Government’s latest attack on local industry forces ACTU to take the lead

July 16, 2015

The Australian Council of Trade Unions will organise a Shipping Industry Summit in order to redress the crisis currently unfolding in Australian shipping.

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Fewer job opportunities for Australian workers under free trade agreements

July 10, 2015

The number of 457 visa applications that require employers to advertise the jobs to Australian workers first could slump to just 25 per cent because of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTA).

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Royal Commission: Abbott’s political circus rolls on

July 8, 2015

The Trade Union Royal Commission will cement its reputation as a fundamentally political exercise today with a third Labor leader being subjected to Mr Abbott’s tax-payer- funded, political attack.

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Sacked and exploited workers call for action over 457 visa abuse

June 26, 2015

A New South Wales miner who was sacked and then made to train up temporary workers on 457 visas to replace him will give evidence to a Senate Inquiry investigating the abuse of Australia’s temporary visa system in Sydney today.

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Government’s political games will hurt mum & dad retirement savings

June 26, 2015

The Abbott Government’s proposed changes to Australia’s world leading not for profit superannuation system are nothing more than an ideologically driven attack on workers.

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Abbott Government begins forcing new parents back to work early

June 25, 2015

New parents will be forced back to work shortly after the birth of their child thanks to the Abbott Government’s cuts to Paid Parental Leave (PPL) introduced into the Parliament today.

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Tougher laws needed to enforce asbestos importation ban

June 23, 2015

The lives of Australian workers and members of the community are being placed at risk by exposure to imported products containing asbestos.

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White Paper whitewash for Indigenous workers

June 22, 2015

Northern Australian businesses will be able to exploit free Indigenous labour as a result of the Abbott Government’s strategy to boost Indigenous workforce participation in remote communities.

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Women and low to middle income workers will lose out thanks to Greens’ pension deal

June 20, 2015

The Australian Greens have sold out women and low to middle income workers by agreeing to the Abbott Government’s cuts to the age pension this week.

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