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If high unemployment wasn’t bad enough Tony Abbott has just signed the China FTA, a trade agreement negotiated in secret that will see local workers abandoned - locked out of good jobs. Please email your MP today to tell them that you do not support the China FTA and that…
All National Office Bearer positions (5) in the ASU are up for re-election by members of the National Executive this year as follows: National President National Vice-President National Secretary Assistant National Secretaries (2)   Nominations open on Wednesday 17 June and close at 12 noon (AEST) on Wednesday 8 July…
The ASU has lodged a submission with the Federal Government inquiry into federal taxation, including what Australians and businesses pay, as well as how the tax is shared around to benefit Australian citizens. This is an important area for the ASU to speak up for members and the community on…
Australia’s 1.86 million lowest paid workers will receive a $16 increase to their weekly pay packets following the Fair Work Commission’s decision in the annual wage case today. This increase is not enough to close the growing gap between average and minimum wages that is putting enormous pressure on our…
Australian unions have concluded the ACTU Congress 2015 invigorated by a new Union Charter and campaign plan to protect workers' rights and living standards. Over the past three days around a thousand union delegates from around the country have debated and voted on the policies that will shape the union…
Tonight ASU officials and staff have been on standby in Canberra to analyse the Federal Budget and give you a rapid overview of how the Budget will affect ASU members - our work, our lives, our communities. While it will take a bit longer to digest all of the fine…
Australian unions have long called for an increase in child care assistance and funding but it should not come at the expense of overall support to families. The Abbott Government is forcing an impossible choice upon Australian families by linking new investment in child care with extreme cuts to paid…
Public service trade unions and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice invite members to join in marching this May Day under the banner "Working people pay taxes – corporations must pay their share!" Click here to read this on the PSI website with links to further resources Following the Tax…
The ACTU Executive last week voted unanimously to condemn the Abbott and Barnett Governments' moves to forcibly close Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Unions call on the Abbott Government to restore funding for Aboriginal communities and the Barnett Government to end the political funding games and work with communities to…

Vanuatu Appeal

25 March 2015
Like most Australians the ASU has been shocked by the recent cyclone in Vanuatu. We have been in touch with our union colleagues there and damage reports are grim. The ASU contributed early to the appeal for donations via UAA-APHEDA and we encourage members and supporters to consider contributing through…