Australian workers and their families are looking to the new Senate to stand up for the fair go, Australian Unions said today.
Speaking ahead of the first sitting of the new Senate tomorrow, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that the Senate has a critical role in keeping Australia fair.Read more
By putting the brakes on a wholesale review of workplace laws, the Abbott Government has acknowledged that the same hardworking Australians that will take a hit from their budget changes to health, welfare and education are the same people whose wages and workplace conditions will be in the firing line under this review, the ACTU said today.Read more
Thousands of protesters across the country have rallied against the Abbott government's budget in a vocal display of discontent at cuts to health and education.Read more
Changes to the Fair Work Act proposed by the Abbott Government will saddle workers with unfair individual contracts, potentially cut take home pay and significantly diminish workplace rights.Read more
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that Tony Abbott was delivering on a political agenda to damage and weaken the union movement’s role in Australian society.
“The Royal Commission has been designed to tie unions up in a long and expensive inquiry that will ultimately make it harder for them to represent their members,” Mr Oliver said.Read more
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the Manufacturing Leaders Group was meant to meet last October but it was delayed until “the new Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP has determined how he wishes to proceed”.
“Mr Macfarlane has shunned this group at the worst possible time,” Mr Oliver said.
“At a time when the nation is experiencing a job loss crisis with many industries shutting up shop and going overseas most people would expect the Industry Minister would take more of an interest in finding solutions.”Read more
The Abbott Government’s assault on workers continues today with shocking reports that it intends to make it easier for employers to bypass local workers and Australian industries.
The reports outline the Coalition’s intention to make it easier for employers to hire 457 visa workers and for major projects to import what they need from China with no obligation to prove they have given local industry an opportunity to bid through the Australian Jobs Act.
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said, “In the same month that saw the release of the worst unemployment figures in over a decade the Abbott Government has called for a review into 457 visa use to help employers fill job vacancies with international workers."
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With the release of the worst unemployment figures in over a decade, the question on every Australian’s lips is, when is Tony Abbott going to step up and fight for jobs?
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said today’s alarming figures – a sharp increase in the unemployment rate to 6% - must act as a wakeup call to Tony Abbott.
"These are the worst unemployment numbers in over a decade, the highest since July 2003, and indicative of the direction Australia is heading," Mr Oliver said.
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Six hundred jobs must be added to the economy every day in order for Mr Abbott to fulfil his election promise to create one million new jobs within five years, unions said today.
ACTU President Ged Kearney called on Prime Minister Abbott to use his first Parliamentary statement of the year to outline his jobs plan to the nation.
"Mr Abbott promised one million new jobs within five years, that's around six hundred new jobs every day but since he's come to office, all we've seen are job losses," Ms Kearney said.Read more
The Government must explain how it will ensure a robust jobs market in manufacturing and high end innovation and also fulfil of its pre-election promise to create two million new jobs.
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that it was now more important than ever that the Government be open with workers about their plans as many questions were being raised about their ability and commitment to protect and create jobs in key areas.
“If Mr Abbott wants to be seen as a builder and not a wrecker then he must explain how he will protect jobs and most importantly create jobs in the industries that are currently being hurt.Read more