Media Releases 2015

Read current and past media statements from the ACTU.

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Recent Media Releases

China Free Trade Agreement must protect local jobs

June 17, 2015

Unions are deeply concerned the China Free Trade Agreement, expected to be announced today, will undermine local jobs and increase unemployment.

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Injured workers worse off under Senate Comcare recommendations

June 17, 2015

A Senate committee has recommended passing legislation which will leave nearly 400,000 workers covered under Comcare, the national workers’ compensation scheme, with inadequate cover if they are injured or ill at work.

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Migration to Australia must not be for sale to the highest bidder

June 13, 2015

In its submission the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Migrant Intake into Australia, the ACTU rejects proposals to use entry charges and capacity to pay as the primary basis for determining migrant entry into Australia.

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Broken temporary visa system leads to exploitation and unemployment

June 12, 2015

A Senate Inquiry in Brisbane today will hear about Queensland workers who have lost their jobs or missed out on job opportunities because of the growing use of workers on temporary visas, including 457 and working holiday visas.

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Nurse graduates unemployed or underemployed

June 8, 2015

Thousands of nurse graduates continue to complete their degrees only to face unemployment, underemployment and job insecurity.

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Lowest paid workers continue to do it tough despite $16 pay rise

June 2, 2015

Australia’s 1.86 million lowest paid workers will receive a $16 increase to their weekly pay packets following the Fair Work Commission’s decision in the annual wage case today.

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Tax White Paper: Reform needed at the top end of town

June 2, 2015

Multinational companies are paying less tax in Australia than in the United States, the UK, France, Germany and Japan.

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Unions pay tribute to Joan Kirner, AC

June 2, 2015

The Australian Union movement today pays tribute to former Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner, AC.

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Unions urge Victorian Family Violence Royal Commission to recommend domestic violence leave

May 29, 2015

The ACTU has lodged a submission to the Victorian Family Violence Royal Commission endorsing and supporting the Victorian Trades Hall Council’s submission that domestic violence leave should be available for all workers.

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Unions wrap ACTU Congress with plan to protect workers’ rights and living standards

May 28, 2015

Australian unions have concluded the ACTU Congress 2015 invigorated by a new Union Charter and campaign plan to protect workers’ rights and living standards.

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