Queensland workers reject asset sell off

Jon Lamb Liberal National Party Premier Campbell Newman has failed to convince Queensland workers that more assets need to be sold-off to reduce state debt. Since mid-April, the state government has run a $6 million “Strong Choices” media campaign, which it claims is part of a commitment to “an ope...CONTINUE READING

Fair Work cuts penalty rates

Steph Price Up to 40,000 hospitality workers, who are already among the lowest paid workers in the country, have been handed a wage cut by the Fair Work Commission. Its 14 May ruling will carve 25 percent off the Sunday penalty loading for casual workers in the bottom two pay grades of the restaurant...CONTINUE READING

Building code an assault on workers

Jerome Small “The shovels will start moving in a matter of months”, a triumphant Joe Hockey declared on budget night as he announced an extra $12 billion in infrastructure spending. The federal government has big plans for infrastructure – committing $50 billion over the next six years. It will be a pr...CONTINUE READING

Victorian teachers shafted

Tess Lee Ack As Red Flag reported in March this year, the Victorian Education Department has been trying to force changes to the “performance and development” (P&D) process onto teachers. Aside from adding to teachers’ already excessive workloads, the changes open the door to full-blown performance pay...CONTINUE READING

SPC maintenance workers clock off

Steph Price Around 60 maintenance workers walked out the gates of SPC Ardmona’s Shepparton processing plant for the final time on Friday 2 May. They were the last of 73 workers who were sacked by the fruit packing company last year. Two days after Christmas, they were told that they would be replaced...CONTINUE READING

Thousands turn out for Queensland May Day march

Liam Kay May Day marches in Queensland have long registered higher attendances than other states. This year was no different, as thousands of workers took to the streets of Brisbane on Sunday 4 May to mark the traditional day of the international working class. This year also marked the second marc...CONTINUE READING

Cut-price CFMEU deal would cost workers everywhere

CFMEU member It’s not uncommon for the media, right wing politicians and sometimes right wing union leaders to have a go at the wages and conditions that construction workers have built up through generations of struggle. Which is why, as a proud member of the WA branch of the CFMEU, I was shocked to r...CONTINUE READING

Job-cutting spree at Victoria Uni

David Garland At a series of meeting organised by the NTEU at Victoria University campuses, staff have condemned plans for a job-cutting spree. Hundreds of jobs are in the firing line in the proposal announced by senior management. Entire departments are slated for closure, and many essential campus ser...CONTINUE READING

Important strike win for warehouse workers

Patrick Araya A small group of workers in Melbourne has had a big win. After six weeks outside the gates, 30 Super A-Mart warehouse workers have gone back to work with an enterprise agreement. They are the first warehouse in the company’s history to wrestle an above-award agreement out of their boss, wh...CONTINUE READING