Media Releases 2015

Read current and past media statements from the ACTU.

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Recent Media Releases

Millions in taxpayer dollars ploughed into political inquiry while health, education, childcare and pensions remain in firing line

April 23, 2015

With health, education, childcare and pensions still in the Budget firing line, the Abbott Government’s multimillion dollar taxpayer funded political inquiry returned today with further proof that it’s nothing more than a witch hunt.

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ALP super policy a step in the right direction

April 22, 2015

Australian Unions welcome the Labor Party’s superannuation policy as a step in the right direction and urge both major parties to do more to increase the retirement saving of lower income earners.

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Business misleading public about impact of minimum wage rises

April 22, 2015

Business is being disingenuous over claims a $27 increase would force employers to cut hours and lead to job losses.

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No voice for students, workers and unions on skills and training

April 21, 2015

Unions are deeply concerned by the Federal Government’s decision to scrap a successful 20 year partnership between employers and unions on vocational education and training.

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Unions target key Western Australian seats in election campaign

April 14, 2015

Unions will target key marginal seats in Western Australia in the lead up to the next election as part of a national campaign to defeat the Abbott Government.

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Young Australians face long-term unemployment and poverty without government investment

April 10, 2015

A generation of young Australians will be trapped in long-term unemployment and poverty without investment in proven skills and training programs.

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Paying Easter penalty rates will not hurt business

April 2, 2015

Australians are being subjected to a false and misleading campaign about penalty rates by employer groups in the lead up to Easter, Australian Unions said today.

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Unions urge PC inquiry to give more rights at work to casuals and women

April 1, 2015

The ACTU calls for workplace rights to be strengthened for women and millions of Australians in casual and insecure work in its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations.

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Tax debate must be about fairness not profits

March 30, 2015

Unions welcome further discussion on tax reform but the focus must be on creating a more equitable system, not a bonanza for the wealthy.

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$27 pay rise and 10% super for minimum wage workers

March 27, 2015

The ACTU is calling for a $27 increase in the minimum wage to $667.90 per week or $17.58 per hour.

The ACTU’s submission to the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review shows minimum wages are at a record low of 43.4% of average weekly full time earnings and that inequality in Australia will grow even further without a $27 pay rise for the lowest paid workers.

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