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At 8.30pm this Saturday 31 March, Earth Hour will once again transcend all barriers of race, religion, culture, society, generation and geography as a global community unites for a more sustainable future. More than 130 countries including Libya, Greece, Uganda and Nepal as well as the International Space Station will…
Today is World Water Day Water Justice activists, including PSI unions, have successfully pushed the human right to water and sanitation (RTW) onto the global agenda. The UN General Assembly Resolution 64/292 of 2010 has set the standard for government obligations in ensuring universal access. Many national campaigns insist that…
Unions will seek a $26 a week pay rise for Australia's lowest paid workers in 2012, whose wages have fallen well behind average income earners over the past decade and are not keeping pace with the cost of living. The ACTU will today lodge its submission to Fair Work Australia's…
The current (international) debate on sovereign debt is conducted as if there were no other option than austerity. The new report "Global Corporate Taxation and Resources for Quality Public Services" changes the focus. Here the focus is on the revenue side.The problem with the 'no option but austerity' line is…
More than 630 events including tens of thousands of Australians have already registered their National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) event, including the ASU. It's going to be big, but most importantly it's going to be in support of Indigenous health equality and it's not too late to register your…
Heighten your understanding of development, the struggle to overcome poverty & the hopes of the Burmese people. Meet and be inspired by the Burmese refugees, community workers & migrant workers who are dedicated to improving the living conditions and rights for their communities. This study tour is an unique opportunity…
A new partnership between unions and the Jack Thompson Foundation will aim to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians through new skills and job training opportunities. ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence, who announced the partnership alongside renowned actor Jack Thompson in Melbourne today, said the alliance would empower indigenous Australians and…
Community workers have today been handed long awaited pay rises in a historic decision by Fair Work Australia in the equal pay case.  The case was lodged by the Australian Services Union on March 11 2010 to address the gender-based undervaluation of the community services sector and deliver long overdue…
A new national awareness campaign begins today to inform workers of their rights and employers of their obligations under harmonised health and safety laws. Australian unions have launched the Speak Up campaign so that workers have a say in making sure their workplaces are safe and healthy. ACTU Assistant Secretary…