Media Releases 2020

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Recent Media Releases

IR changes will allow employers to cut pay and conditions

December 8, 2020

The Morrison Government’s omnibus IR Bill will allow employers to make agreements that cut the wages and conditions of workers.

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New report shows majority of casuals do not receive loading and have regular hours

December 8, 2020

More than half of casual workers probably do not receive the legal 25 per cent loading in their pay according to a new report by Professor David Peetz of Griffith University, ‘What do the data on casuals really mean?’, which outlines the ways casual jobs allow employers to reduce workers’ rights and entitlements.

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ACTU briefs Super Trustees Forum on campaign against attacks on super

December 4, 2020

ACTU President will update superannuation trustees on preparations being made by the peak body for working people to defend workers’ retirement savings today at the ACTU’s Superannuation Trustees Forum.

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ACTU: Greenfield agreements will not be supported if workers lose rights

December 3, 2020

ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus says that the union movement will not support any extension of greenfield agreements in the absence of additional safeguards for workers.

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Relatives of workers killed on the job speak in Canberra to push for nation-wide industrial manslaughter laws

December 3, 2020

183 Australians were killed at their workplace in 2019 – an increase of 37 avoidable deaths since 2018 and the first increase since 2007.

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Aged care funding papers over chronic problems

December 1, 2020

The Morrison Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations on COVID-19 will not provide the staffing levels, training, or transparency needed to end the crisis in aged care.

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Australian unions join a global day of action to stop trade union repression in the Philippines

November 30, 2020

The Australian union movement stands with unionists in the Philippines who have become the target of frequent attacks, with 50 union members and officials killed in extra-judicial violence during the period of President Duterte’s administration. The ACTU is participating in a Global Day of Action today to draw attention to the treatment of unionists in the Philippines.

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Renewable energy sector can create tens of thousands of secure jobs

November 28, 2020

Despite employing 27,000 people and being one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, Australia’s renewables sector has so far created too many insecure jobs, and action needs to be taken to ensure that its potential as a source of secure employment is realised.

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Court rejects Qantas workers bid for sick leave

November 27, 2020

Qantas workers, including those battling cancer and heart disease, will not be allowed to access accrued sick leave after a federal court ruling this morning.

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Employers must step up to close gender pay gap

November 26, 2020

More than 45 per cent of employers who take the preliminary step of analysing the gender pay gap in their workplace take no follow up action, according to data released this morning by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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