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ASU National Conference key note speaker Dr Anne Summers addressed delegates about the 40 year history of the gender equality project in Australia. After outlining some key issues and examples, Dr Summers questioned concepts of progress and success in relation to the project. Despite a long history of implementing measures…
Today in Adelaide the biennial meeting of the Australian Services Union National Conference was convened. National Secretary David Smith delivered the opening address of the Conference, reflecting on achievements of the Union since the last Conference in 2010 and raised the future challenges we will face. After acknowledging the traditional…
The Government has new powers to address gender equality including equal pay between women and men; discrimination on the basis of family and caring responsibilities; the state of gender equality in Australian workplaces. The ACTU has provided a detailed a news release: The ACTU has welcomed new laws that will…
One million Australian workers now have access to leave to deal with effects of family violence, thanks to union negotiations, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver announced today. The ASU led the way with the first successful clause achieved in a Victorian council. Attending the White Ribbon lunch in Melbourne today, Mr…
Legislation to be introduced to parliament next week which will streamline anti-discrimination law and make it easier for workers to challenge discriminatory treatment, has been welcomed by the ACTU. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the new laws would offer better protection against discrimination in the workplace and give ordinary workers…
After many years of faithful service, ASU National Net was today replaced by ASUnational, the new website of the Australian Services Union National Office. As well as a fresh new look, ASUnational has been designed to make our website visitors' experience much more rewarding. Key features of the new website…
Unions have warned that an increasing number of Australians are working unpaid overtime, as "Go Home on Time Day" encourages workers to try to leave work on time. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the growth of insecure work and unpaid overtime were putting more pressure on workers and families. "Today…
Over the last month ASU members at Eastern Australia Airlines have considered the new offer from management for our EBA and they have overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed agreement. As a result of this endorsement the negotiated deal has now gone out to staff for consideration. Formal voting on whether to…
Every year on November 25, White Ribbon Day draws the world's attention to the issue of violence against women. This year, White Ribbon will again be raising awareness to help put a stop to this issue, but we can't do it alone.   This year, White Ribbon is encouraging men…
The ASU is surprised to hear of the Federal Opposition proposal for review of child care to retain existing funding parameters. Child care educators are beginning to report that the operational framework for quality child care still does nothing to recognise quality educators. Early childhood educators are proud to be…