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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…
ExxonMobil, the parent company of Esso, who has attempted to drive down wages and conditions of workers at their Longford on and offshore sites, will be hauled before a Senate Inquiry into corporate tax evasion. This comes as a result of the report published today by ASU partner the Tax…
The PACER-Plus free trade agreement has been tabled in the Senate today, despite the fact that Fiji and Papua New Guinea are opting out of the agreement – meaning it will not cover 80% of the population and GDP of Pacific Islands nations. The agreement, which still includes Australia, New…
Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash are overdue for a reality check: escaping family and domestic violence, safely, so people have a hope of rebuilding their lives in the near term, takes time and it takes money. The Federal Government's tinkering around the edges of policy, while simultaneously trying to cut…
The changes to industry superannuation that are currently before the federal Parliament would give more power to the banks and take control away from working people. The proposed changes would remove representatives of working people from super fund boards and subject industry super to more onerous regulations than the banking…
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…
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