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The scare campaign against action on climate change has once again been proved wrong by international research showing up to one million new Australian jobs would be created by positive investment in clean energy, say unions. Globally unions are calling for increased private and public investment in clean energy technologies…
The GROW draft agreement has been issued by management and subject to a ballot of staff commencing 11 May and closing 18 May 2012. Unfortunately the final draft agreement is not one the ASU could recommend to members. The offer is for a 4 year agreement with 3% pay increase…
Rallies in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) occurred today around the country. The ASU has been promoting this campaign and we have been pleased to hear the Prime Minister's historic announcement today that the NDIS will begin to launch next year. Prime Minister's announcement Today, thousands of…
A $26 a week wage increase should be granted to low-paid workers to maintain a safety net and ensure they do not fall further behind average income earners, say unions. In its reply submission for the 2012 Annual Wage Review by Fair Work Australia, the ACTU is urging the Panel…
Railway workers and their unions are holding a world action day on Monday to promote rail as a vital, safe and sustainable means of public transport. You can read this media release on the ITF website here. The International Railway Workers' Action Day will mobilise workers worldwide, who will use…
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…