Bosses sharpening the axe for penalty rates

Azlan McLennan Still riding high after its penalty rates win against casual hospitality workers last year, the Restaurant and Catering Association (R&CA) is keen to gouge the award even further in 2015. Not settling for robbing the lowest paid hospitality workers of 25 percent of their Sunday penalty rat...CONTINUE READING

Otis workers win

Liam Kay An eight week lockout ended on 17 December with Victorian Otis workers winning a new enterprise agreement. Members of the Electrical Trades Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union – who build and service lifts and escalators (including on construction sites) – had been locked...CONTINUE READING

Melbourne train drivers force safety measures

RTBU member Metro Trains employees hear over and over again that “safety is the number one priority” in our industry. In every bulletin, every press release and every staff meeting we’re reminded. Every time we hear it, we snigger – not because we don’t take safety seriously but because we know that t...CONTINUE READING

$110 billion Christmas present, from you to the boss

Rebecca Barrigos The festive season is looking very merry for Australian bosses. This year, workers clocked up unpaid overtime equivalent to a whopping $110 billion in stolen wages according to new estimates by the Australia Institute. Walking the tightrope: have Australians achieved work/life balance? rev...CONTINUE READING

Public sector workers vote to strike

CPSU member, Canberra An unprecedented attack on pay and conditions has provoked a fight from federal public sector workers. In one of the largest protected action ballots ever conducted, workers at the Department of Human Services (DHS) have overwhelmingly endorsed industrial action as part of enterprise agree...CONTINUE READING

Health workers rally against Christmas closure

Jerome Small Mental health workers from Melbourne’s Austin hospital have rallied against cuts to services. Management at the Austin recently released a plan to close its child mental health inpatient unit – the only one of its type in Victoria – for three weeks over the Christmas period. Staff object t...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane workers' lunch room sit-in continues

Paul DM Supporters rallied at the front gates of the Smith’s Snackfood Company factory in Brisbane on 27 November in solidarity with National Union of Workers (NUW) members who are staging a sit-in at the site. The sit-in, which started with the day shift, was triggered by management’s demand that...CONTINUE READING

Battle over industry super funds­­­­

Liz Ross Control of industry superannuation funds is a prize that the government and the bosses will go to any length to win, even spending tens of millions on a royal commission to get hold of them. And the Heydon commission looks set to deliver on this. On 31 October, its senior lawyer delivered...CONTINUE READING

Fewer protections for migrant workers – government

Jess Payne The federal government has released the findings of its recent review into the 457 visa scheme. The Robust New Foundations report makes 22 recommendations; all are intended to further deregulate the employer-sponsored migration scheme. “We want [457 visas] to be more flexible”, said Tony A...CONTINUE READING