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Last night at the union movement's annual ACTU Awards, ASU delegate from our Queensland (Services & Northern Administrative) Branch, Penny Carr, won the ACTU Delegate of the Year Award. The ASU congratulates Penny for her award that recognises her sterling contribution to workers' advancement. We also extend congratulations to all…
Laws to remove consumer protections in financial services being introduced to parliament by the Federal Government today would see working people get ripped off by big banks, unions said today. >> Sign the petition to Tony Abbott ACTU President Ged Kearney said the Abbott Government's move to water down the…

Vale Kath Nelson

17 March 2014
After a battle with leukaemia, ASU leader Kath Nelson passed away last Friday. Kath was both the ASU National Vice President as well as the Secretary of our Queensland (Services and Northern Administrative) Branch (also known as The Services Union). Her innovative leadership and vibrant spirit will be sorely missed,…
Working Life is a news source for all workers, bringing you a range of stories. Read it, print it, share it! The latest edition includes the following: Where are the jobs, Prime Minister?; How fair is unfair dismissal; New laws to help workers take a stand against bullying; Welcome to…
After numerous catastrophic financial collapses and controversies, the previous Federal Government passed new laws to regulate the financial advice industry, known as the Future of Financial Advice (or FoFA) laws. However, the current Abbott Government wants to dramatically water down those reforms with new regulations, even as they have received…
As G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers prepare to meet in Sydney, the "Labour 20" warned against complacency by policy makers that risks leading to higher not lower unemployment. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC said that the time has come for Finance Ministers to recognise that their policies…
With mounting job losses and the highest unemployment rate in over a decade, the Abbott Government needs to abandon its empty rhetoric and tell Australians where the new jobs are going to come from. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said news today that Aloca will close its Point Henry aluminium smelter…
TONY Abbott and his new Coalition government have long planned a Royal Commission into the union movement. This, of course, was not a policy that the Coalition took to the 2013 election. Such a naked attack would have ‘scared the horses’, exposing what the Coalition has been desperate to hide—its…
The ASU's success in negotiating the world's first enterprise agreement clause supporting victims of domestic violence in 2010 has been recognised in a recent academic study as an instance of achieving equality measures through bargaining. The study by Professor Marian Baird of Sydney University considered the circumstances around the ASU's…
The ASU welcomed the announcement late last year of the establishment of a Senate Select Committee to inquire into the Federal Government's National Commission of Audit (NCA). We believe this Senate Committee will provide some independent advice and allow community views to be heard. The ASU has lodged a submission…