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The ASU negotiating team met again with BoysTown and employee representatives on 01 February 2013. Despite some time lost due to the floods, we are still making progress towards a final agreement. However, while we have managed work through some of the claims, there remain some key issues such as…
The ACTU has called on all parties to ensure that they make secure jobs an election issue and to enshrine penalty rates in law to preserve the weekend for Australian workers. Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver also called for an "entitlement portability"…

Giving a Gonski for our kids

06 February 2013
2013 is going to be a really important year in education with the future funding of all schools due to be decided in the next few months. The Federal Government and the State and Territory Governments are negotiating over the recommendations of a major inquiry called the Gonski Review which…
Negotiations for the TSF Social Enterprise Agreement 2013 commenced on 1st February and at the meeting the ASU served the following Log of Claims: 5% wage increase per year. 2 year agreement. Roll over of all current agreement conditions. Inclusion of a table that translates the agreement classification structure to…
While Australia's 'big four' banks claim to be fiercely competitive a new analysis by The Australia Institute shows that in fact over 53 per cent of each bank is owned by the same small number of institutional shareholders. The rise and rise of the big banks by Senior Research Fellow…
The ACTU is predicting a voter backlash after Tony Abbott admitted a Coalition election victory would cost 3.6 million low and middle income earners $500 per year, tens of thousands over their lifetime. ACTU President Ged Kearney said, "The battle lines have been drawn, there's no doubt about it. An…
The ACTU calls for a real and extensive discussion on job security, following the Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement of a date for the federal Election and a commitment to focus on jobs. ACTU President, Ged Kearney, said the PM's surprise announcement should be the trigger to intensifying discussion around…
On 15 January 2013 the ASU bargaining team met with BoysTown management and employee representatives for the third round of EA negotiations. The ASU negotiating team and management have begun working through our log of claims. We are making some progress on our smaller claims, but our more substantive claims…
The best boards were diverse and made up of generalists, said David Gonski in his Plenary session on Governance. The experienced board member and current Chairman of several boards including the Guardians of the Future Fund said, "It is my contention that large publicly listed companies and their governance models…

Vale Michael O’Sullivan

10 January 2013
Michael O'Sullivan, who died on January 7, was the National Executive President of the Australian Services Union until he retired in 2004 after 38 years of active union service. He was previously National President and Deputy President of the Victorian Branch of the Federated Clerks Union of Australia (FCU), one…