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Recent Media Releases

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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70% of global workforce exposed to health risks from climate change

April 26, 2024

This year’s global theme is the impact that climate change has on workers’ health. An ILO (International Labour organisation) report published this week has highlighted climate change is impacting 70% of the global workforce.

The report notes that numerous workers’ health conditions have been linked to climate change, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, kidney dysfunction and mental health conditions.

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ACTU Statement on Gaza

April 22, 2024

The Australian Union movement is a movement of peace and respect for all races and nationalities. We oppose war, racism, and oppression. We act in solidarity.

The Australian Union movement is horrified by the escalating violence and death toll of civilians in Gaza. The ACTU reiterates its statements and resolution of 19 October 2023 and 23 February 2024 and continues to call for an urgent and permanent ceasefire and the release of hostages and political prisoners.

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ACTU will call out ‘Rockets and Feathers’ as just one example of unfair pricing practices by supermarkets 

April 14, 2024

ACTU Assistant Secretary Joseph Mitchell is expected to criticise major supermarket pricing practices when he gives evidence to the Senate committee on Supermarket Prices today (Monday). 

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“Future Made in Australia Act” historic step forward for workers

April 11, 2024

The Australian Council of Trade Unions strongly supports the Prime Ministers announcement today of a Future Made in Australia Act and looks forward to working with Government to ensure that its content guarantees the creation of good, safe, secure well-paid jobs and tangible community benefits.

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