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The establishment of a Services Leaders Group to advise government and drive reforms is necessary to secure jobs and achieve growth, said the Australian Services Union and the Finance Sector Union today. “With more than 20,000 Australian services sector jobs lost off-shore each year, this announcement is a crucial step…
On Wednesday, 13 February 2013, negotiations for your new agreement reached a standstill. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of your union and the employee representatives to progress negotiations, the management negotiating team would not budge from their position of 2.5% a year for a two year agreement, instead preferring to…
It is often argued that reductions in the corporate tax rate are necessary to create employment, increase investment and deliver a range of other benefits to the Australian community. However, despite the widespread support for this view, particularly among the business community, the theoretical and empirical case for such an…
Laws that would give mums and dads up to two months together of unpaid parental leave and choice about when to take time off is good news, said ACTU President Ged Kearney. She also welcomed giving pregnant woman the right to move to safe duties regardless of how long they…
The ASU has clarified with the Minister for Local Government that "unintended consequences" arising from the use of different terminology in different states in relation to grants and funding matters will not impact the equitable access to funding by local governments. In recent times some state governments have believed their…
85% of Australians want banks and other businesses to obtain consumer consent before offshoring their data, according to a union poll. The Essential Poll conducted for the Australian Services Union and the Finance Sector Union found wide support—over 80% across age, gender and voting intention—for more regulation of data offshoring.…
Around 80 ASU delegates from Qantas Group Companies from across Australia met in Melbourne on 6 and 7th February to commence preparations for bargaining in the Qantas Group in 2013. Delegates from Qantas Airways, QFCL, QFIT, Jetstar and QantasLink attended. Qantas EBA 10 Almost 1300 responses for our EBA 10…
The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and Women in Super (WIS) have announced the recipients of the Super Springboard scholarships. A joint initiative of AIST and WIS, Super Springboard is a 12-month program for women interested in becoming directors of superannuation funds. It offers a comprehensive training program, mentoring…
ACTU president Ged Kearney said intimidation, harassment and oppressive behaviours in the work place were unacceptable and Government changes that make bullying policy part of the federal workplace system will go a long way towards shifting negative culture. Ms Kearney said, "We welcome any laws that lead to further protections…
The ACTU has welcomed the current debate around family friendly work arrangements and calls for the government to give "the tiger some teeth". "It's vital that the debate continues especially considering 44% of mothers say they do not feel comfortable taking time out from work to care for their children…