MUA members stage safety sit-in at Toll

Shane Bentley More than 100 members and supporters of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) staged a spirited sit-in on 18 June at the Sydney offices of transport company Toll. The protest was called after the workplace death of MUA member Anthony Attard, who was killed on a Toll ship. It focused on the...CONTINUE READING

Fighting job cuts at La Trobe and Melbourne

Jerome Small A wave of restructuring involving massive job cuts is occurring in higher education – and will gather force over the months and years ahead. One of the key budget measures is for more government money to flow to private colleges. As the Financial Review recently trumpeted, the “lower cost...CONTINUE READING

Health workers ‘reform’ already under way

Marni Jackson Health minister Peter Dutton claims that the public health system is inefficient and unsustainable. Gutting Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme isn’t enough to fix it. The federal government has also reneged on funding commitments, leaving the states to pick up the shortfall. T...CONTINUE READING

Nurses’ delegates discuss challenges

Lauren Stevenson As the former job rep at the Monash Gardens nursing home, I attended the Victorian ANMF’s annual delegates’ conference on 26 and 27 June. Assistant State Secretary Pip Carew delivered the report on aged care, mentioning the gallant struggle against privatisation of Monash Gardens. After a...CONTINUE READING

NSW delegates endorse campaign against budget

Kate Doherty A Unions NSW combined delegates meeting has voted for a mass mobilisation against the budget on Sunday, 6 July. Hundreds attended the 12 June meeting at the Sydney Masonic Centre. Unionists spoke of a long list of attacks packed into the budget, and calls of “Shame!” evidenced the fighting...CONTINUE READING

Fly-in fly-out workers want more time at home

Steph Price Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers on a major resources project in the Pilbara have rejected an offer on wages and conditions as part of negotiations for a new workplace agreement. The metal and construction workers – employed by contractor Laing O’Rourke on Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert iron ore pr...CONTINUE READING

Hospitality workers’ union needs to fight for penalty rates

Azlan McLennan Employers in the hospitality industry are celebrating a Fair Work Commission decision allowing them to cut the wages of up to 40,000 workers from 1 July. The commission has ruled for a 25 percent cut to the Sunday penalty rates paid to casual hospitality workers on the two lowest pay grade...CONTINUE READING

Palestine support is a union issue

Alma Torlakovic Intervention by the NTEU national office has shut down discussion in the Sydney University branch about the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. On 15 May, union members voted for the Sydney Uni branch committee to facilitate an open discussion of the movement a...CONTINUE READING

Crunch time for NTEU at Melbourne Uni

Alex McAuley University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis has announced plans for the biggest single layoff in the history of higher education in Australia: 540 jobs by 2016. The announcement has the workforce in an uproar. Davis insists that professional (non-academic) staff cuts are necessary t...CONTINUE READING