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Rights at Work

The ACTU has renewed calls for the Community Development Program to be scrapped after a Senate inquiry into the Program found that the program is causing harm to its overwhelmingly Indigenous workforce. The racist work-for-the-dole scheme does not pay wages for the 25 hours of work participants have to do…
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…
The ACTU is calling for the minimum wage to be raised to the level of a living wage, on which a low-paid worker could support themselves and their family, after ABS figures released last week show that soaring cost of living is driving millions of workers into poverty. ACTU Secretary…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions has warned that the Federal Government’s changes to the superannuation industry will make it easier for employers to steal workers’ superannuation, in addition to giving the big banks access to workers’ super. Independent research shows that $5.6 billion of super goes unpaid every year,…
While we are fighting for your rights, organising to get fair pay rises and secure jobs, the Turnbull Government is coming after working people, your union and now your superannuation. You helped us stop the Government’s anti-union bills. We won because the crossbench heard your voice. We need your help…
The message from the community has been loud and clear during the deliberations of the People’s Inquiry into Privatisation: take back control of public services! After public hearings all over Australia last year, taking written submissions from individuals as well as affected organisations, and commissioning research, the People’s Inquiry is…
ACTU President Ged Kearney will attend a high-visibility action and address the media to call on the Prime Minister and senior Ministers including Michaelia Cash and Christian Porter to meet with the ACTU to discuss Family and Domestic Violence. No member of the Turnbull Government has made the time to…
The ACTU welcomes Brendan O’Connor’s announcement that the Australian Labor Party will act to address the use of non-representative agreements if it forms the next government. The dispute at Carlton United Breweries drew national attention to the use of non-representative agreements – which are signed by a handful of workers…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) last week called for Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to answer all questions about when and what she knew about disgraced industrial cop Nigel Hadgkiss breaking the Fair Work Act, including when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became aware of the matter. Minister Cash has…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions welcomes the Senate’s support for an ALP amendment to the Vulnerable Workers' Bill that removes coercive powers that could have denied the right to silence for 11 million Australian workers. Had the original Bill passed, it would have seen all working Australians lose the…
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