NSW Catholic Schools take industrial action

Roberto Jorquera Teachers and support staff throughout NSW Catholic schools are facing a massive assault on their wages and working conditions in the proposed agreement being put forward by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER). The CCER has thrown out all notions of fairness for current...CONTINUE READING

WA health workers strike for better pay

Khyl Hardy Five hundred Health Services Union (HSUWA) members walked off the job on 15 July at Sir Charles Gairdner public hospital, demanding a 4 percent pay rise and improved job security. Two days later hundreds walked out at Royal Perth hospital. Health services workers – those in radiology, path...CONTINUE READING

Crummy deal for call centre workers

A call centre worker Call centre workers at Stellar around Australia were narrowly defeated in trying to reject a company-drafted enterprise agreement that froze wages for three of the next four years. Workers on Stellar’s Vodafone contract in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley were slugged the hardest: their 17 perc...CONTINUE READING

ETU wins court case against LNP

Liam Kay The Queensland branch of the ETU has had a court victory against the state Liberal National Party government. On 8 July the Magistrates Court found the ETU not guilty of breaching the state government’s new union-busting Transparency and Accountability of Industrial Organisations amendment...CONTINUE READING

Poor safety taking its Toll

Marcus Harrington At the Toll Distribution Centre in Somerton, located in the solid working class northern suburbs of Melbourne, bullying and intimidation tactics by Toll management were revealed in a recent survey conducted by the site’s occupational health and safety representatives. The workers at the So...CONTINUE READING

MUA in win over Toll

As reported previously , more than 100 members and supporters of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) staged a 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 loading a Toll sh...CONTINUE READING

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