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New laws introduced today by the Gillard Government will improve fairness in Australian workplaces the ACTU said today. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that the reforms would ensure workers could raise issues with union representatives in workplaces, have access to broader rights to request flexible work arrangements and protect workers…
Qantas Courier has circulated a proposed EBA for employees to vote on. The ASU advises our members to vote ''NO''. During bargaining the ASU team sought to negotiate the best outcome possible for employees at Qantas Courier. However the ASU believes that the terms and conditions in the proposed Qantas…
If you care for a family member or loved ones, chances are that you rely on flexible employment arrangements. Research conducted with working Australians by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and ACTU, strongly supports the role of employment in caring responsibilities. Today we ask what role will business be…
The ASU welcomes the Gillard Government making a $300 million commitment to boost quality early childhood education and care and establishment of the Pay Equity Unit of the Fair Work Commission. In welcoming the Government's announcement, ASU Assistant National Secretary, Greg McLean acknowledged, "This is an important step in the…
Following yet more unacceptable cases of abuse of the 457 visa system, the ACTU is launching a Confidential Hotline to assist those who are being exploited by unscrupulous employers. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said some of the latest cases included a father of three, employed for painting and sandblasting, who…
ASU members across Australia have overwhelmingly endorsed the ASU's EBA 10 claim after attending meetings to discuss the recommendations from the ASU Qantas National delegates meeting in February 2013. The ASU claim was served formally on Qantas today. A number of ASU delegates across Qantas also provided the claim to…
Australian workers' right to be paid a decent wage for working unsociable hours has been reinforced with the Fair Work Commission today comprehensively rejecting an employer push to scrap penalty rates. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the decision in the retail, fast food and hairdressing sectors was a major win…

BoysTown pay offer

18 March 2013
Since the last bulletin the ASU negotiating team met twice with BoysTown management. We are making good progress toward a number of our claims including some allowances, a casual conversion clause, training and health and wellbeing practices and the default super scheme. There remain some claims where the ASU and…
TODAY at 7.40am, up to 1000 young Australians will gather on the front lawns of Parliament House to launch the Movement to End Poverty, a campaign that will run up until the Federal Election. Young Australians representing every State and Territory in Australia will stand in a giant map of…
New research to be released at today's "National Community Summit: Creating Secure Jobs and a Better Society" shows Australia has the second highest rate of temporary workers in the OECD, people are worried about their children's future, and there is support for a significant increase in the Newstart allowance. ACTU…