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Unions are today reminding Australian workers to check they are not missing out on wage increases which should have automatically come into effect at the start of the new financial year. ACTU President Ged Kearney said today had been declared National Check Your Pay Day to educate workers about the…
On Friday July 6 ASU Reps joined other bargaining agents in the first meeting about your proposed pay and conditions. The meeting provided time for each Bargaining Rep to go through their log of claims and to provide clarity where it was needed and appropriate. The resounding issue for most…
Australia's lowest paid workers will from today begin receiving an extra $17.10 in their weekly pay packet, as a result of this year's National Minimum Wage review. About 1.4 million workers have been granted an extra 2.9% in their wages, helping them and their families keep pace with the rising…
Australia must better harness its huge pool of superannuation assets to drive investment in nation-building infrastructure, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver told the ACTU Investment Forum in Sydney today. Mr Oliver told the conference that Australia faces an estimated 'infrastructure investment gap' of around $700 billion over the next decade, which…
A Productivity Commission draft report has reinforced that the primary criteria for default superannuation funds in modern awards should be how they serve workers, not commercial interests, say unions. The draft report from the inquiry released today confirms that the investment returns of not-for-profit default industry funds have exceeded those…
Australians stand to benefit from new job opportunities in energy efficient and clean energy industries after the Senate last night approved the creation of an independent government body to provide finance for innovative, clean technology companies, say unions. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the Clean Energy Finance Corporation would play…

Women's News

22 June 2012
This edition includes items on the following: Safe At Home Safe At Work Project; Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws; Should age be a barrier to work?; and New gender equality in the workplace laws have passed the lower house. Safe At Home Safe At Work Project Many ASU organisers have…
Today at noon, Fair Work Australia handed down a final decision in the Equal Pay Case for social and community services (SACS) workers. The decision concerned the timetable for pay increases that flow from their earlier decision of 1 February 2012. Despite a number of submissions from parties seeking to…
The High Court decision yesterday in relation to the federally funded chaplaincy program in schools may have repercussions for direct Federal Government funding of local government. This highlights the need for constitutional recognition of local government. An expert panel was formed last year to look into constitutional recognition of local…
The release of the first grants from the Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs are a vote of confidence in manufacturing jobs under a price on carbon, say unions. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the grants would sustain manufacturing industry and jobs by helping them to install environmentally-friendly technology…