Media Releases 2019

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Recent Media Releases

Laws must adapt to keep workers safe in changing climate

December 19, 2019

OHS laws which are designed to keep workers safe at work need to be updated to deal with the reality of climate change, which will mean hotter days and more bushfires, resulting in conditions which are hazardous to workers, especially those who work outside.

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Morrison wrong on wage growth, again

December 16, 2019

The Morrison Government has been forced to reduce projected wage growth again, the 33rd time this government has misled the Australian people about wage growth.

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Companies not paying tax bleeding Australia

December 12, 2019

Roughly one in three companies, including household names like BHP (AUS) DDS Pty Ltd, Shell, IBM and Goldman Sachs pay no tax in Australia, despite hundreds of millions, sometimes billions of dollars in income, according to data released by the ATO this morning.

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ASX200 failing on workplace safety

December 10, 2019

The ACTU welcomes the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI) report into workplace health and safety standards and disclosure across the ASX200.

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ACTU supports day of action against targeted killings in the Philippines

December 9, 2019

The Australian union movement stands with unionists in the Philippines who have become the target of frequent attacks, with 43 union members and officials being killed in the last three years. The ACTU is participating in a global day of action on Human Rights Day to draw attention to the treatment of unionists in the Philippines.

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APRA lets the heat off banks

December 9, 2019

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will soon release so called ‘heatmaps’ for default superannuation products.

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PaTH still burning cash and young people, more than 2 years in

December 9, 2019

The Morrison Government’s failed PaTH internship program – introduced by disgraced former Industrial Relations Minister Michaelia Cash in the infamous 2016 budget – has fallen well short of all metrics according to new data.

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94 organisations call for text of RCEP agreement to be released before signing

December 9, 2019

A group of 94 organisations from across the Asia-Pacific region, including the ACTU, have this morning written to the Morrison Government and all other governments who are party to the RCEP agreement, demanding that the text be released before the deal is signed.

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Australian Climate Roundtable Renews Joint Policy Principles

December 5, 2019

As Australia and our international peers gather at the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, it is clear that the world is not yet on track to stay within the temperature limits set out in the Paris Agreement. Getting there will require more ambition and action around the world, including in Australia. Our organisations, representing broad sections of the community and meeting as the Australian Climate Roundtable, today announced the next steps in our work to help Australia play our fair part in these efforts while maintaining and increasing our prosperity.

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Government ignores Senate decision on union-busting bill, re-introduces without changes

December 4, 2019

The Morrison Government has re-introduced the union-busting Ensuring Integrity Bill which was rejected by the Senate less than a week ago.

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Australian Unions

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Mind Your Head

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