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In 2012, the ASU participated in the Federal Government round table on child care and advocated recognition of ASU early childhood educators. The ASU stands with other unions in calling for better professional wages and adequate funding from the Federal Government. Recently, the ASU Child Care Survey was finalised concerning…
The ASU's supreme governing body, National Conference, is set to meet in Adelaide from 26 to 28 November. The theme of Conference this year is "union-ready, future-ready" with a focus on strengthening the Union to face future challenges. For further information, visit the Conference home page National Conference 2012.  
Australia's commitment to the 2nd phase of the Kyoto Protocol will mean Australia maintains its role at the forefront of the global fight against climate change and positions Australia to take advantage of the jobs created by a global shift to low-carbon economies. ACTU President Ged Kearney said that the…
Federal Minister for Energy Martin Ferguson has today released the Energy White Paper. It is an important step forward in the discussion around energy and electricity use in Australia. We now have a clear statement from the Federal Government that all Australians want to hear - it is about getting…
The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 requires that the financial affairs of unions are checked and audited every 12 months to make sure union funds are administered properly and to detect any shortcomings. Unions are also required to prepare an operating report. The National Executive and the Branches of…
The ASU has joined the support for the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean to take the next step towards local government constitutional recognition by establishing a bipartisan Committee of Members of the Federal Parliament. This Committee will take forward the report of the Expert…
Earlier this month, the ASU and FSU launched a report detailing the crisis in service sector employment. With offshoring claiming 80,000 jobs in the last four years and predicted to erase 20,000 more each year if the crisis is not addressed, the report produced by the National Institute of Economic…
At the recent national meeting of ASU Qantas delegates it was resolved to commence our preparations for our Qantas EBA 10 this year. As a result our Qantas EBA 10 ASU survey has now been released to enable staff to express a view about what we should claim in this…
The ASU has been invited to participate in the review of the "Children's and Youth Services Qualifications" by the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council. The qualifications would be held by members working in community services areas of local government. Those interested in the qualification review should contact the…
Last week, the ASU reported on research from the University of Sydney highlighting the significance to the public of state owned infrastructure, particularly in the electricity industry. In light of reports in recent days about the push to privatise billions of dollars of publically owned assets by Infrastructure Australia and…