Media Releases 2022

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Recent Media Releases

ACTU welcomes action on energy prices

December 15, 2022

The ACTU welcomes the measures put in place today by the Albanese Government to control energy prices which have been contributing to the economic hardship faced by millions of Australian workers.

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Cost of living crisis forces 1 in 4 Australians to skip meals

November 30, 2022

56 per cent of Australians have cut back on essential items and 24 per cent have skipped meals due to the current cost of living crisis, according to a poll conducted by the ACTU.

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Albanese Government follows through on commitment to Respect@Work

November 25, 2022

The ACTU welcomes the passage of the Respect@Work Bill, which enacts several of the key recommendations of the Respect@Work report which were ignored by the previous Government.

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Multi-employer bargaining will tackle gender pay gap

November 23, 2022

The introduction of the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill will restart progress on closing the gender pay gap through multi-employer bargaining and strengthen equal pay laws, making it easier for women, especially in women-dominated industries, to address systemic unequal pay.

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Tasmania Needs a Pay Rise, now

November 22, 2022

Tasmanian workers earn on average $200 a week less than their mainland counterparts; equating to around $10,000 a year.

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High court to rule on Qantas outsourcing

November 18, 2022

The High Court has granted Qantas special leave to appeal two Federal Court findings which concluded that nearly 2000 staff had been sacked in a deliberate effort to avoid staff exercising enterprise bargaining rights.

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Svitzer refuses to put down weapons as union offers ceasefire

November 16, 2022

Svitzer, the tugboat operator currently threatening to lock out workers around the country and shut down significant portions of the Australian economy rather than grant workers a pay rise, has refused to back down at hearings convened by the Fair Work Commission today. The company is continuing with threats of mass economic disruption despite offers from the unions involved in the dispute to find a way to end the bargaining stalemate.

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WPI figures show growth in awards is not enough

November 16, 2022

Despite significant pay rises for minimum wage and award-dependent workers being included in today’s WPI data – released this morning by the ABS – average wages are still going backwards by 4.2 per cent due to high inflation and ongoing anemic wage growth across the rest of the economy. This breaks the previous record for all-time real wage cuts, set by the last set of wage growth numbers.

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Bargaining directly linked to wage rises

November 15, 2022

The collapse of bargaining over the last 10 years has led directly to the loss of wage growth for Australian workers, and every incremental increase in bargaining coverage will result in meaningful wage increases, according to a new study from the Centre for Future Work.

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ACTU calls for RBA overhaul

November 11, 2022

The ACTU has called for a comprehensive overhaul of the RBA which would include shifting the focus of the Bank to real wage growth and job creation, and ensuring the board has a diversity of skills and experience, including understanding of the labour market and wage setting systems.

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