Queensland hospital withholds wages

Kat Henderson Two years ago Queensland public sector nurses and midwives won a pay rise of $30 a week – the equivalent of a 3 percent annual wage rise. More than 2,000 nurses and midwives working at Brisbane’s Mater Health Service’s public hospitals are yet to see a cent of it. The Queensland Nurses Uni...CONTINUE READING

MFB attack on firefighters ‘outrageous’, says union

Jamiel Deeb The Victorian Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has abruptly halted enterprise agreement negotiations with the firefighters’ union by mounting a legal attack on firefighters’ existing conditions. The MFB is trying to scrap the firefighters’ 2010 enterprise agreement and return important cond...CONTINUE READING

Safety under the new world order – a construction worker’s view

Richard Mann Dear readers, As a crane driver and dogman in the construction industry I cannot speak for the carpenter I work beside, the steel-fixer who labours with spine bent and hands torn, the sparky who does mysterious things with wiring, or the humble peggy who cleans our amenities. I can, howeve...CONTINUE READING

'Fifteen cent’ Fahour hits the jackpot

“You should feel part of the family.” That was the take home message from CEO Ahmed Fahour on his recent visit to our Australia Post workplace. After his pre-Christmas EBA gesture of a 15c meal allowance, I’m kinda glad I’m not part of his real family. I imagine Ahmed had a roast turkey wi...CONTINUE READING

Teachers strike against cuts

Shane Bowra Asked by an interviewer whether education funding should be cut at a time when the government is spending more than $3 billion on the Elizabeth Quay and Perth Arena developments, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett's response was as contemptuous as it was dismissive: “What I’d say to...CONTINUE READING

La Trobe tertiary staff strike to save jobs

Robin Laycock La Trobe University staff recently struck for 36 hours. The industrial action was the longest ever organised by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) at the university. The background to the dispute is the seemingly endless enterprise bargaining process, but the trigger was the vice...CONTINUE READING

NDIS work bans imposed to fight privatisation

Public sector disability workers in NSW are resisting the O’Farrell government’s plans to privatise the state’s entire disability services. The government has announced its intention to outsource all public disability services within four years. In response, workers are taking industrial a...CONTINUE READING

Liberals to attack seafarers’ rights – again

Ian Jamieson Yet another plank in the raft of proposals to weaken unions and emasculate working conditions is the Abbott government’s move to repeal legislation that provides migration zone status to off-shore projects. It will specifically affect the multi-billion dollar Gorgon LPG project off the coa...CONTINUE READING