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ACTU Secretary Sally McManus will address QANTAS workers who are calling on the QANTAS board to reverse a decision that links the payment of a $2000 ‘bonus’ to the signing of new enterprise agreements. The conditions attached to the ‘bonus’ mean that for many workers, access to the payment, if…
Your ASU delegates met with dnata Catering representatives in Brisbane on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. dnata expects the sale to happen in early October. What do we know about dnata? While dnata is a global business, dnata Catering is a smaller organisation in Australia than Qantas. dnata also runs much…
Your ASU delegates met with dnata Catering representatives in Brisbane on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 to talk about the purchase of Q Catering. Our message to dnata was that ASU members at Q Catering are united and ready to do whatever is necessary to protect our jobs, pay and conditions.…
A strong delegation of ASU officials attended the recent ACTU Congress on 17th & 18th July. The ACTU Congress is the largest and most important gathering of Australian Unions and it sets the ACTU agenda for the following three years. Delegates debated and voted on policies regarding the workplace, rights…
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of one of the first employees of Care Super and former employee of predecessor Union of the ASU, the Federated Clerks Union (FCU) (Victorian Branch). She was also daughter of long serving National Secretary of the FCU, Terry Sullivan. Anne suffered…

Vale Ted Cowell

18 June 2018
I was saddened to hear of the passing of former ASU secretary and the Technical Services Guild secretary Ted Cowell. On behalf of the ASU and the National Executive, I extend my condolences to his wife Rosemary and their children and grandchildren. Ted was one of the pioneers that formed…
Tonight, we needed a budget that tackled growing inequality, flat lining wages, gave our communities greater security in employment and retirement.  Instead the Federal Government delivered for its mates in banks and big business with $80 billion in corporate tax cuts. The Federal Government has failed many in our community:…
The Australian Services Union today called-out Qantas for their position on corporate tax cuts, saying the company had always pocketed its profits in preference to increasing wages. ASU Assistant National Secretary Linda White said during one of the most profitable periods in Qantas’ history it even frozen wages for the…
Huge numbers of bank customers and staff trying to reveal the extent of banking malpractice to the Banking Royal Commission are gagged by non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. This makes it all the more important that everyone who is able to make a submission does so – it can be done…
The judgement handed down by the High Court yesterday in a case between petroleum and gas giant ESSO and the Australian Workers Union has made Australia’s industrial action laws – which are already some of the most restrictive in the OECD – much more oppressive. The High Court has described…
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