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Changes to workplace laws that recently passed the Parliament will make it easier, faster and cheaper for victims of bullying at work to have it stopped. Unfortunately, these provisions do not take effect until 1 January 2014. It is not known if there is an Abbott Government after the next…
The Napthine Government must put the safety of Victorians ahead of politics and sign up to a national plan designed to get rid of asbestos over the next two decades, the ACTU said today. ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said Victoria's refusal to co-operate with the national Asbestos Safety and…
The ASU and the Australian union movement in general has been a staunch supporter of Indigenous rights, both at work and in the community. NAIDOC Week from 7-14 July gives us an opportunity to celebrate the culture of our Indigenous people and to reflect on our shared history in the…
The ASU pays tribute to Michael O'Sullivan for the honour of this posthumous award. Michael was National Executive President of the ASU when he left in 2004 after a long and distinguished career with our Union, although we maintained close ties fighting for better superannuation for workers. Our Vale to…
The ACTU have today set up a confidential hotline to assist women who experience discrimination in the workplace including being fired, demoted, forced into insecure jobs and having their role changed without consultation. ACTU president Ged Kearney said employers were flouting laws that made discrimination illegal and causing tens of…
The FedEx draft enterprise agreement 2013 has been circulated by management for staff consultation and is now subject to a ballot commencing 4th July and closing 8th July 2013. The ASU has negotiated some changes during the bargaining process. However the final draft agreement is not one the ASU can…
The ASU National Negotiating Team met with Qantas on two occasions since our last bulletin, on 22nd May and then on 18 – 19th June 2013. We have made progress on some of our claims but the Qantas response on our key job security claims and the wage and superannuation…
After a couple of false starts, Virgin management has finally locked in another date to resume negotiations for a new agreement for a new ground staff agreement at Virgin Australia. Our next meeting is to be held in Brisbane on 8th July and your ASU National Negotiating Team (NNT) are…
This edition contains the following items: Industry Skills Councils' joint conference – Skills for Productivity; New Australian Standard for classification of information relating to subsurface utilities; Australian Unions launch campaign for a better life for workers and their families; Electricity Network Regulation: release of inquiry report; Netherlands Members back new…
Australia's lowest paid workers will from today receive an extra $15.80 in their weekly pay packet, as a result of this year's National Minimum Wage review. ACTU President Ged Kearney said about 1.5 million workers had been granted a pay rise of 2.6% , helping them and their families keep…