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

An opportunity if unions step up

Simone White Around 700 people attended the Stop Abbott Save Medicare Rally on Saturday 31 May in Sydney. Called by the Save Medicare Committee, the rally was endorsed by the ASU and NSW Nurses and Midwives Federation and supported by the Public Service Association of NSW. When unionists, including nur...CONTINUE READING

WA maritime union fighting on multiple fronts

Ian Jamieson The WA branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is facing a major battle with the shipping and resource industry as negotiations over an offshore enterprise agreement remain unresolved. After 15 months and more than 100 meetings with industry and its representative – the Australian Mines...CONTINUE READING

Tram drivers rally against sackings

Steph Price Members of the Victorian public transport union have publicly protested against a drastic increase in the sacking of tram drivers. Bolstered by supporters from other unions (MUA, FSU, AMWU, ANMF), more than 100 rallied on 26 May outside the Bourke Street headquarters of Keolis. French tran...CONTINUE READING

Ratios: an argument against privatisation of aged care

Peter Carter For five years I’ve worked as an endorsed enrolled nurse. For most of that time, I’ve worked in private aged care facilities. A few weeks ago I moved to the public sector. The difference between the two is like night and day. In a private aged care facility I was responsible for 40 residen...CONTINUE READING