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Australians' enjoyment of the biggest sporting weekend of the year is under threat from a push by employers and politicians to create a 24/7 economy and abolish penalty rates, say unions. The ACTU has called on Parliament to reject a push to strip penalty rates from hundreds of thousands of…
One in four young workers are not receiving their legal entitlements to penalty rates, sick leave, superannuation and other conditions because employers are using a black market cash economy to avoid their obligations, according to new research. A survey of more than 1000 workers commissioned by the Victorian Trades Hall…

Jetstar payroll under review

26 September 2012
ASU delegates met with the company recently to discuss a range of issues arising from the errors made in issuing the Jetstar group certificates. It now appears that Jetstar has taken on board our general feedback over many years that has highlighted the problems with the company's payroll system as…
A media release issued today from Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has advised: "The Australian Government will urgently introduce an amendment to the Fair Work Act to protect the entitlements of tens of thousands of state public servants threatened by job cuts announced by state governments." Minister…
The Government's commitment to maintain the penalty rates system shows it is on the side of Australian workers who give up precious family and social time to go to work at weekends, say unions. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the Government should be congratulated for resisting the scare campaign being…

Back to the table at Eastern

14 September 2012
ASU reps have gone back to the bargaining table with Qantaslink/Eastern management after the first EBA proposal was not supported by staff. Your National Negotiating Team (NNT) met with management on 5th and 13th September 2012 to discuss a revised agreement. Management has advised that it is their intention to…
Today is the eleventh anniversary of Ansett going into administration and we are remembering the long journey it took Ansett workers to recoup their entitlements. We also want to take the opportunity to remind former Ansett workers to claim their super and how to do it. This information on claiming…

ASU child care survey extended

05 September 2012
The ASU urges members to oppose further privatisation of council-run child care centres. Your Union launched a survey this August for local government child care workers. The survey closes 29 September. Survey of child care workers in local government now on Privatising council child care leads to higher fees and…
Legislative change must be considered to stop the widening gender pay gap, after it blew out further to 17.5% in the last 12 months, say unions. ACTU President Ged Kearney said Australian women now had to effectively fit an extra 64 work days into every financial year to be able…
The ASU has made representations to Jetstar about refunding the additional costs that staff have incurred to resubmit tax returns because of the incorrect 2011-2012 group certificates Jetstar issued. Initially Jetstar told staff that reimbursements for accounting costs for this work would be $100. After our representations on this issue…