In the June edition of your member benefits update we pay tribute to former Prime Minister and former ACTU President, Bob Hawke, we highlight five traps to avoid as a first home buyer, there’s a handy guide on superannuation terminology, plus you can win one of six DVDs in our competition!
Six years of record low wage growth continues to cut into consumer spending, according to figures released on Monday 3rd June by the ABS showing retail sales dropping by 0.1 per cent in April.
Working people are cutting almost all discretionary spending as wages continue to flatline.
ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien said “It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that we are seeing low consumer spending and retail sales when we are still near record low wage growth, and have been for six years.”
This election saw everyday Australians trying to unravel the puzzle that is superannuation. With terms like ‘franking credits’, ‘co-contributions’ and ‘retirement income tax’, it’s safe to say there was a lot of confusing terms being thrown around with not a whole lot of people actually knowing what they mean.
Superannuation is full of jargon, great for parliamentary policy wonks – not so great for your average Joe Blow.
There are some terrific union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page. A variety of positions are available from Organiser/Advocate roles to Industrial Officer, OHS roles, Office Coordinator and everything in between.
So if you’re in the market for a great union job see what’s on offer today.
The three per cent increase in the minimum wage announced in late May is a step in the right direction for the millions of workers who rely on it and the awards system, but still falls far short of re-establishing the living wage and ensuring that no worker lives in poverty.
An extra $21.60 per week is welcome but clearly not enough to establish a living wage and falls well short of the union submission for $43.
The Fair Work Commission has again roughly split the submissions made by unions and the most extreme anti-worker employer lobbies, which argued for a freeze on the minimum wage.
ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien said “We have a long way to go to ensure that the minimum wage is enough for workers to live on and support their families.”
Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both ‘Siberia’ and ‘Vitamania’ that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month! Siberia Siberia tells the story of an American diamond merchant who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive and passionate relationship with a Russian cafe owner in a small Siberian town Mirny. As their relationship builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself.
To win a copy of Siberia email email@example.com with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 28th June 2019.
Vitamania A documentary about vitamins: the history of their discovery, the dietary supplement industry, and the dangers of both deficiencies and excessive intake. Is it true that vitamins are “natural” and therefore can’t do you any harm? How are they regulated, and how can parents make the right choices for their children’s health. These surprisingly urgent questions are investigated by scientist Dr Derek Muller in Vitamania, the latest documentary made by Emmy Award-winning Australian filmmakers, Genepool Productions.
To win a copy of Vitamania email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 28th June 2019.
Here we are, dear readers, our last instalment for the year that was 2020! In December's edition we highlight how to show some sparkle at Christmas time on a scaled down budget and there's an excellent deal for union members from our friends at Union Health.