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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…
All elected positions in the ASU are up for re-election this year. This attachment shows every position in every Branch that is to be elected together with details on how to nominate for the various offices. Nominations open on Wednesday 4 March and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 25…
Today, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver backed calls by the Federal Opposition to tighten laws relating to corporate tax avoidance. The Labor Opposition announced that if it won office it would stop multinationals from using overseas tax havens to avoid paying their fair share of tax in Australia, while at the…
It will come as no surprise that the destructive path of the Abbott Government has dominated thinking as union leaders reflect back on 2014. Whether it was job losses, attacks on their rights and conditions, or cuts to public services, workers felt the brunt of the new government's agenda throughout…