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85% of Australians want banks and other businesses to obtain consumer consent before offshoring their data, according to a union poll. The Essential Poll conducted for the Australian Services Union and the Finance Sector Union found wide support—over 80% across age, gender and voting intention—for more regulation of data offshoring.…
Around 80 ASU delegates from Qantas Group Companies from across Australia met in Melbourne on 6 and 7th February to commence preparations for bargaining in the Qantas Group in 2013. Delegates from Qantas Airways, QFCL, QFIT, Jetstar and QantasLink attended. Qantas EBA 10 Almost 1300 responses for our EBA 10…
The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and Women in Super (WIS) have announced the recipients of the Super Springboard scholarships. A joint initiative of AIST and WIS, Super Springboard is a 12-month program for women interested in becoming directors of superannuation funds. It offers a comprehensive training program, mentoring…
ACTU president Ged Kearney said intimidation, harassment and oppressive behaviours in the work place were unacceptable and Government changes that make bullying policy part of the federal workplace system will go a long way towards shifting negative culture. Ms Kearney said, "We welcome any laws that lead to further protections…
The ACTU has welcomed the current debate around family friendly work arrangements and calls for the government to give "the tiger some teeth". "It's vital that the debate continues especially considering 44% of mothers say they do not feel comfortable taking time out from work to care for their children…
Your ASU JTG National Negotiating Team met with JTG Management on Monday 4th February 2013 to respond to the "offer" that the company has made to settle the JTG Services EBA. ASU members will remember that JTG made an offer in December 2012 and during January 2013 we held membership…
The ASU negotiating team met again with BoysTown and employee representatives on 01 February 2013. Despite some time lost due to the floods, we are still making progress towards a final agreement. However, while we have managed work through some of the claims, there remain some key issues such as…
The ACTU has called on all parties to ensure that they make secure jobs an election issue and to enshrine penalty rates in law to preserve the weekend for Australian workers. Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver also called for an "entitlement portability"…

Giving a Gonski for our kids

06 February 2013
2013 is going to be a really important year in education with the future funding of all schools due to be decided in the next few months. The Federal Government and the State and Territory Governments are negotiating over the recommendations of a major inquiry called the Gonski Review which…
Negotiations for the TSF Social Enterprise Agreement 2013 commenced on 1st February and at the meeting the ASU served the following Log of Claims: 5% wage increase per year. 2 year agreement. Roll over of all current agreement conditions. Inclusion of a table that translates the agreement classification structure to…