Roster dispute sparks lockout at Brisbane Council

Kaye Broadbent A Friday evening email from Brisbane City Council’s workplace relations manager to the Electrical Trades Union has escalated a dispute between union members and the council over workplace rostering. The email told the union that ETU members who had engaged in limited industrial action on t...CONTINUE READING

Union protests Vic Labor’s NDIS privatisation

Steph Price, Jerome Small Hundreds of disability sector workers and their supporters rallied outside the Victorian state parliament on 12 May over the government’s plans to privatise Victoria’s disability support sector. Workers are furious about Labor premier Daniel Andrews trashing an election promise to keep dis...CONTINUE READING

Steel strikers win in Melbourne’s west

Ryan Stanton This is the first time that G.A.M Steel’s 60 National Union of Workers members have struck, but they say they are in it to win. “We won’t go back for less than 3.5 percent”, union delegate Darrell Jones told Red Flag . “They say they’re broke like all companies say they’re broke, but they’...CONTINUE READING

Bus drivers strike over privatisation plans

Daniel Rourke More than 1,000 Sydney bus drivers walked off the job for 24 hours at midnight on Wednesday, 17 May. Their strike went ahead despite the Industrial Relations Commission ruling at a late night hearing that the action was illegal. The drivers’ decision to strike was a response to the state t...CONTINUE READING

Fletcher Insulation strikers still out

Striking Fletcher Insulation workers have clocked more than 90 days outside the gate of the Dandenong factory where they work. The workforce of 90 – members of the Australian Workers’ Union – have been out since 17 February. They are fighting an aggressive attempt by the company to wind ba...CONTINUE READING

‘Too bad mate, we’re out the gate’: steel strike in Melbourne’s west

Ryan Stanton Workers at G.A.M. Steel, in Melbourne’s western suburbs, have been strike since 11 May. They are negotiating for a new enterprise agreement and are fighting to protect conditions and win a modest wage rise. This is the first time that the site’s 60 National Union of Workers members have st...CONTINUE READING

Rail freight dispute threatens Vic grain harvest

Anthony Marlin Pacific National (PN), Australia’s largest rail freight company, continues its assault on the wages and conditions of train drivers in its Victorian Rural and Bulk division, which hauls grain, mineral sands and other primary commodities. The company and the union representing locomotive dr...CONTINUE READING

Campaign to save Vic Uni jobs kicks off at big meeting

Jo Williams It was standing room only at a public meeting in Footscray in which more than 100 people heard about the campaign to defend jobs and courses at Victoria University. Management wants to sack up to one quarter of all academic staff. VU Council and management claim that the changes are financ...CONTINUE READING

Helpline workers fighting private health giant

Simone White In a few weeks, about 80 women who work at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia will find out if we are to be sacked by a Liberal government and an insurance company. Since the government first rolled out the service with much fanfare in 2010, specialist RDVSA counsellors have sta...CONTINUE READING