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Recent Media Releases

Unions welcome working people’s real wages finally moving

February 21, 2024

Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released Wage Price Index data showing that wages grew by 4.2 percent in 2023.

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Fully funded public schools are an essential element of a fair and prosperous society 

February 21, 2024

The ACTU executive today supported the Australian Education Union (AEU) resolution on fully funding public…

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Woolworths profits show they have far too much power, says ACTU

February 21, 2024

Woolworths has today announced its Australian supermarket half-year profits of $929 million, up 2.5% on…

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ACTU response to Professor Fels’ report and recommendations

February 20, 2024

Today, Professor Fels presented his report from the Inquiry into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices to the ACTU Executive. After considering the report and its recommendations, the union movement will prioritise the following reforms:

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Ampol still squeezing consumers at the pump with $1.7 billion profit

February 19, 2024

Ampol’s $1.7 billion profit shows that Australians are still getting squeezed at the bowser. These mega profits are made on the back of working people paying more for petrol, especially in our outer suburbs and regions.

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Unions welcome review of Australian apprenticeships incentive system

February 19, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the Albanese Government’s announcement of a Strategic Review of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System.

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QBE and IAG show no mercy in a cost-of-living crisis

February 16, 2024

QBE, one of Australia’s major insurance providers, more than doubled its net tax profit from…

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Commonwealth Bank fined $10.3 million for wage theft

February 15, 2024

Today the Federal Court fined the Commonwealth Bank $10.3 million for knowingly engaging in wage theft, resulting in underpayments totalling $16 million to over 7,400 workers.

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ACTU welcomes government announcement to strengthen safety for offshore oil and gas workers 

February 15, 2024

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeline King has introduced new safety legislation to…

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Business as usual at CBA as it maintains stellar profitability 

February 13, 2024

The Commonwealth Bank today published a half-yearly profit of $4.8 billion. While slightly down from…

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ACTU welcomes new rights for workers to help with the cost of living

February 8, 2024

The ACTU today has welcomed the passing of the Closing the Loopholes Bill passing the…

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Unions welcome additional protections for migrant workers

February 7, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the passage of the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Bill 2023 today.

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ACTU welcomes crackdown on dodgy training providers

February 6, 2024

The ACTU welcomes today’s announcement that the Albanese government will seek to pass legislation to crack down on dodgy providers in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

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Professor Fels’ report shines a light on price gouging and unfair pricing

February 6, 2024

Last August, the ACTU launched an inquiry into price gouging and unfair pricing practices, chaired…

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Yes to Renewables: Putting communities and jobs first  

February 2, 2024

Australia is on the way to becoming a cleaner, more secure, and more energy independent…

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Tasmanians losing out: Less than 5% of casual workers who want permanent jobs can secure one

January 31, 2024

An estimated 11,200 long term casual workers in Tasmania would prefer to be permanent according…

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Unions welcome falling inflation rate

January 31, 2024

The ACTU welcomes new data released by the ABS today which shows that inflation is slowing and the Albanese government’s plan to tackle cost of living pressures is working.

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Half of workers in insecure jobs forced to work due to lack of paid leave

January 29, 2024

52 percent of workers in insecure jobs – including fixed-term and independent contractors, casuals, and…

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Unions welcome government announcement of ACCC inquiry into supermarket prices

January 25, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the Albanese government’s announcement today that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will be directed by the Treasurer to conduct an inquiry on supermarket prices.

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Cost of living bonus for working people

January 25, 2024

The ACTU welcomes the new Albanese tax plan which will provide a cost-of-living bonus for…

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Casualties of a broken system: Less than 5% of casual workers who want permanent jobs can secure one

January 22, 2024

An estimated 554,000 long term casual workers would prefer to be permanent according to a…

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Steady unemployment rate masks job losses and likely rise in insecure work

January 18, 2024

Steady unemployment rate masks job losses and likely rise in insecure work

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