Media Releases

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Recent Media Releases

Dutton’s plan: remove workers’ rights, drive down wages and rob the next generation of a decent retirement

May 16, 2024

Peter Dutton has outlined the future for working people under a Coalition Government – more insecure work, reversing improvements in workplace laws that are delivering wage increases, and leaving workers poorer in retirement.

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Unions win stronger laws that will improve health and safety for offshore oil and gas workers

May 16, 2024

Unions welcome the passage of new safety legislation by the Parliament to improve safety standards for offshore oil and gas workers.

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ACTU calls on Dutton to rule out changes to workplace laws that are boosting wage growth

May 16, 2024

The ACTU is calling on Opposition Leader Peter Dutton to rule out any changes to industrial relations laws in his budget reply speech tonight.

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Workers’ real wages grow more in past year than under 10 years of the Coalition

May 15, 2024

The ACTU welcomes today’s Wage Price Index data by the ABS which showed that real wages have grown by as much in the past year as under nearly a decade of Coalition Government.

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Working people win higher wages and cost-of-living relief in Budget 2024

May 14, 2024

The Labor Government’s 2024 Budget is a good budget for working people, with wages forecast to rise, commitments to pay increases in the care economy, cost-of-living support on top of the July 1 tax cuts, and a historic commitment to the jobs we need, including manufacturing jobs in Australia, the ACTU said tonight.

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Wage rises and super on parental leave a big support for working women and care industries.

May 13, 2024

The ACTU has today welcomed the Federal Government’s support for wage rises for workers in aged care and early childhood education, as well as funding for superannuation for workers on paid parental leave. 

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Budget 2024 must deliver cost-of-living relief and support wage growth

May 13, 2024

Working Australians will be looking for cost-of-living relief and continued support for wage growth in the 2024 budget, the ACTU said today.

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Unions welcome cost-of-living relief for nursing, teaching and social work students

May 6, 2024

The ACTU welcomes today’s announcement by the Albanese government to introduce a Commonwealth Prac Payment to provide financial support for nursing, teaching, midwifery, and social work students undertaking mandatory workplace placements necessary for university and vocational education and training qualifications.

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Unions commemorate 50 year anniversary of 1974 Equal Pay Case

May 2, 2024

Today, the Australian union movement marks the 50th anniversary of the 1974 Equal Pay Case, a historic milestone in the campaign for gender equality.

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ACTU calls for interim pay rise of “at least” 9% for workers in key feminised industries

April 29, 2024

Workers in key feminised industries should get at least a 9% pay rise in the Annual Wage Review, according to the ACTU’s reply submissions filed today with the Fair Work Commission.

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