Search results for "enterprise agreement"

Enterprise Agreements

Published: 05/07/2022

Enterprise agreements are deals made between employers and employees and their union about the terms and conditions of their employment.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/enterprise-agreements/

Watch out: a zombie agreement could be haunting your workplace

Published: 29/10/2022
Category: Workers rights

A zombie agreement is a collective agreement made under old legislation but continues to operate as they have not been terminated or replaced by another Agreement. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/29/watch-out-a-zombie-agreement-could-be-haunting-your-workplace/

Enterprise Bargaining is Broken

Published: 08/09/2017
Category: Industrial Relations

About The rules around enterprise bargaining are too restrictive and bosses have found ways to exploit them. They use tactics such as outsourcing, offshoring, labour hire, terminating agreements, no stake agreements, and more, to avoid paying fair wages and conditions. Bosses have an unfair advantage over workers. The Issue The enterprise bargaining system was intended…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2017/09/08/enterprise-bargaining-is-broken/

Long Service Leave

Published: 04/02/2021

Your long service leave entitlement depends on the state and territory laws where you are employed, or on your Award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/long-service-leave/

Reproductive leave

Published: 28/07/2023

Reproductive leave is only available at a handful of workplaces in Australia – but union members are working to expand this reach

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/reproductive-leave/

Roster rights

Published: 28/07/2023

Are you working extra hours with no extra pay? Have your hours suddenly been slashed? This fact sheet answers those questions and more about your roster rights.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/roster-rights/

The horrible reasons why big business loves labour hire

Published: 30/05/2023
Category: Job security

‘Labour hire’ may sound unassuming but behind the label hides terrible wages, unreliable jobs, and poor conditions.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/05/30/the-horrible-reasons-why-big-business-loves-labour-hire/

Intersex employees better protected at work

Published: 17/05/2023
Category: Workers rights

Legally, you cannot be discriminated against based on your intersex status.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/05/17/intersex-employees-better-protected-at-work/

Got questions about your rights at work?

Published: 17/04/2023

https://www.australianunions.org.au/got-questions-about-your-rights-at-work/

How to prepare for your first apprenticeship

Published: 13/04/2023
Category: Workers rights

Here are four steps to getting it right the first time and not being ripped off in the process.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/04/13/how-to-prepare-for-your-first-apprenticeship/

Are you a school student with a job? Here’s what you need to know.

Published: 12/04/2023
Category: Workers rights

If you’re a parent of a kid who’s doing some casual work, this will be handy for you to know too.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/04/12/are-you-a-school-student-with-a-job-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Know My Rights: Pay Secrecy

Published: 05/04/2023

Laws eliminate the use of pay secrecy clauses in workplaces.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/know-my-rights-pay-secrecy/

Why a 7% increase to the minimum wage is a matter of survival

Published: 03/04/2023
Category: Australia Needs a Pay Rise

For workers who rely on minimum wages, the sheer cost of living doesn’t mean missing out on takeaway coffee or streaming services. Those things are already long gone. It means cutting back on basic needs because there’s nothing else left to cut.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/04/03/why-a-7-increase-to-the-minimum-wage-is-a-matter-of-survival/

Quiet hiring and other ways you could be missing out on pay

Published: 29/03/2023
Category: Working life

Instead of hiring new employees, large companies sneakily dump current staff with more tasks and responsibilities.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/03/29/quiet-hiring-and-other-ways-you-could-be-missing-out-on-pay/

Tax on superannuation? Find out what the latest changes mean for you

Published: 21/03/2023
Category: Super

And before you ask – no, we do not know the identity of the one person who has more than $540 million in super.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/03/21/tax-on-superannuation-find-out-what-the-latest-changes-mean-for-you/

The gender pay gap and equal pay

Published: 09/03/2023

What’s the difference between equal pay and the gender pay gap? How do you find out if you’re being paid less than your male counterparts? We answer these questions and more.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/the-gender-pay-gap-equal-pay/

Unions lead with front foot forwards for International Women’s Day

Published: 08/03/2023
Category: Women To The Front

It’s easy to feel defeated in the face of ongoing gender inequality. But this International Women’s Day feels a little different. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/03/08/unions-lead-with-front-foot-forwards-for-international-womens-day/

Union members earn 26% more than non-members per week. Here’s why.

Published: 22/02/2023

You may often read or hear that union members earn more than non-members. This is often called the union wage premium. But how and why do union members earn more? Here we break it down.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/union-members-earn-26-more-than-non-members-per-week-heres-why/

Pinkwashing examples that take the (rainbow) cake

Published: 22/02/2023
Category: Human Rights

Here are some examples to help you figure out what is genuinely queer friendly, and what is undermining the LGBTIQA+ community – and not just during Mardi Gras.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/02/22/pinkwashing-examples-that-take-the-rainbow-cake/

Homeowners and renters worse off after increased interest rates

Published: 20/02/2023
Category: Industrial Relations

In the face of excruciating housing costs, workers need wage increases even more.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/02/20/homeowners-and-renters-worse-off-after-increased-interest-rates/

Paid Family and Domestic Violence leave is now available for workers to use

Published: 01/02/2023
Category: Women To The Front

Today is the day that paid Family and Domestic Violence leave will come into force for businesses with 15 or more employees.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/02/01/paid-family-and-domestic-violence-leave-is-now-available-for-workers-to-use/

Work rights and support during floods and heavy rains

Published: 19/01/2023
Category: Work Health and Safety

If you have been impacted by the recent floods in South Australia or Western Australia, or the heavy rain in Queensland, this information will help you plan your next steps.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/01/19/work-rights-and-support-during-floods-and-heavy-rains/

Wage theft harms two thirds of workers. Here is how to check if that’s you.

Published: 14/01/2023
Category: Working life

It’s not just a little bit of unpaid overtime here, a bit of cash-in-hand there. New research found that two thirds of workers in Australia are not receiving their full salary.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/01/14/wage-theft-harms-two-thirds-of-workers-here-is-how-to-check-if-thats-you/

A survival guide for Christmas casuals: holiday pay and protection at work

Published: 19/12/2022
Category: Workers rights

Regardless of whether you’re selling gifts, packaging products, or serving Christmas lunches, we’re here to make sure you are paid and protected these holidays. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/19/a-survival-guide-for-christmas-casuals-holiday-pay-and-protection-at-work/

Why 2023 is the year to sort out your superannuation

Published: 16/12/2022
Category: Super

Retirement may seem a long way down the track but the money you need to have for a decent retirement cannot be accumulated overnight. It pays – literally – to get on top of your super sooner rather than later.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/16/why-2023-is-the-year-to-sort-out-your-superannuation/

New work laws provide three boosts to workers

Published: 08/12/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

A change in work laws means you might well be about to get a well-deserved pay increase.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/08/new-work-laws-provide-three-boosts-to-workers/

Multi-employer bargaining accelerates gender equality in the workplace

Published: 25/11/2022
Category: Women To The Front

Multi-employer bargaining contributes to gender equality by raising wages in female-dominated industries.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/11/25/multi-employer-bargaining-accelerates-gender-equality-in-the-workplace/

The Power of Campaigning: a Budget Special

Published: 31/10/2022
Category: The Bulletin

Last week, the budget offered Australians a little relief, especially for parents. This includes an injection of about $4 billion over 4 years into affordable early childhood education and care, and an expansion of Paid Parental Leave from 18 to 26 weeks.  These two wins will help mums to enter or re-enter the workforce.  …

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/31/the-power-of-campaigning-a-budget-special/

Fair Work Commission

Published: 11/10/2022

The Fair Work Commission is the organisation responsible for administering and enforcing the Fair Work Act. It is also Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/fair-work-commission/

Tuftmasters carpeted by union win

Published: 14/09/2022
Category: On The Job

The bad faith negotiation tactic from Tuftmasters was an attempt to erode wages and conditions that union members had bargained for over decades, such as a redundancy agreement that provided three weeks pay per year of service.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/14/tuftmasters-carpeted-by-union-win/

Giving Notice & Resigning

Published: 02/09/2022

If you want to resign from your job, you need to let your employer know and continue working until the required notice period is completed. You do not need to give a reason for resigning. However, an employer must provide a reason that is fair in the circumstances unless you are not covered by unfair…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/giving-notice-resigning/

Australia needs a payrise

Published: 30/08/2022

  Workers in unions from across Australia and a range of industries are sharing their stories to show why it is time to update our bargaining system.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/australia-needs-a-payrise/

Workers deserve easy access to the bargaining system

Published: 30/08/2022
Category: The Bulletin

It is important to remember that the steady decline in enterprise bargaining is one of several factors contributing to this stagnation of wages.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/30/workers-deserve-easy-access-to-the-bargaining-system/

Types of Employment

Published: 26/08/2022

How you are employed affects what your entitlements are at work, what responsibilities you have and even how much you can expect to be paid.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/types-of-employment/

You ready to volunteer? Qantas is looking for baggage handlers!

Published: 10/08/2022
Category: Workers rights

On the latest episode of Have you been Joyced? we join the cast members on the tarmac as they load bags into the airplane hold. In response to a desperate callout for volunteers, Qantas senior executives have put aside their suits in favour of hi-vis vests.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/10/you-ready-to-volunteer-qantas-is-looking-for-baggage-handlers/

Interest rate increases worsens cost-of-living crisis – but workers can turn the tide

Published: 03/08/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

The interest rate rise of 0.5 percentage points, which brings the cash rate to 1.85 per cent, announced on Tuesday by the Reserve Bank of Australia will worsen the cost-of-living crisis for workers. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/03/interest-rate-increases-worsens-cost-of-living-crisis-but-workers-can-turn-the-tide/

Rail workers in Sydney fight to put passenger safety first

Published: 02/08/2022
Category: On The Job

“On the network, one person every day gets caught in the doors of one of our trains. That train is unsafe if it doesn’t have a guard to do a safety check before the train leaves the platform. What can start out as an inconvenience can very quickly and easily turn into a major incident.”

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/02/rail-workers-in-sydney-fight-to-put-passenger-safety-first/

Young workers lead the way on climate change leave

Published: 15/07/2022
Category: On The Job

When people say they need to help their communities in the face of climate disasters, we want our organisation to say, “What can we do to help?”

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/15/young-workers-lead-the-way-on-climate-change-leave/

Workers carpet company for dud deal

Published: 12/07/2022
Category: On The Job

Don’t mess with workers who are organised and unionised.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/12/workers-carpet-company-for-dud-deal/

Union members call on Carpet Court to “open their eyes” and back workers facing pay cuts

Published: 11/07/2022
Category: Workers rights

Union members have stood together at Carpet Court locations around the country, calling on the retailer to stand up for workers who are facing deep wage cuts and potential redundancies from major supplier Tuftmaster Carpets.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/11/union-members-call-on-carpet-court-to-open-their-eyes-and-back-workers-facing-pay-cuts/

Scott Morrison says he can’t do anything about wages, but here’s eight things he could do right now

Published: 04/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it’s not his job to take action on wages, but he has the power to act and ensure workers can get wage rises and enjoy a decent standard of living. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/04/scott-morrison-says-he-cant-do-anything-about-wages-but-heres-eight-things-he-could-do-right-now/

Paid Family and Domestic Leave – we’ve waited long enough

Published: 28/02/2022
Category: Working women

All workers deserve the time, support, and job security to safely escape and recover from an abusive relationship.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/28/paid-family-and-domestic-leave-weve-waited-long-enough/

The ultimate guide to getting paid what you’re owed

Published: 28/02/2022
Category: Minimum wage

The best way to avoid having your wages stolen in the first place is to be a union member.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/28/the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-paid-what-youre-owed/

Paternity Leave and Partner Leave Australia

Published: 03/02/2022

As a partner to a new parent, you may be able to access minimum entitlements to unpaid leave from your employer as well as payments funded by the government.  If you are the primary carer or birth mother of the child and you usually work, please be sure to also read our section on parental leave…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/paternity-leave/

Paid Parental Leave Eligibility in Australia

Published: 03/02/2022

The Federal Government provides new parents in Australia with the Paid Parental Leave Scheme. This offers up to 18 weeks of paid leave for workers that are giving birth to or adopting a child. The goal of paid parental leave is to provide new parents with a period of time away from work to look after their new…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/parental-leave/

Casual Employment Rights

Published: 17/01/2022

Casual workers are not entitled to most forms of paid leave or notice of termination pay. However, they are entitled to a safe workplace, freedom from discrimination, and unpaid parental leave. In some circumstances, casual workers are also entitled to long service leave, protection from unfair dismissal and the right to request conversion to permanent work. Under the Fair…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/casual-employment-rights/

Carer’s Leave & Compassionate Leave

Published: 17/01/2022

Both sick and carer’s leave and compassionate leave allow you to take time off work when you need to – without losing income. Like most of your rights at work, these types of leave became law after the union movement campaigned for them and won. Sick and carer’s leave Sick and carer’s leave, also known…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/carers-leave/

Leave entitlements during natural disasters

Published: 15/12/2021

There is presently no specific universal form of leave to allow employees to be absent from work due to the impact of a natural disaster. If you are affected by a natural disaster, you can apply for annual leave, long service leave or other leave that is available to you. You may also be able…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/leave-entitlements-during-natural-disasters/

Natural disasters and stand downs

Published: 15/12/2021

Stand downs during a natural disaster In some circumstances, such as during a natural disaster, an employer may have the right to stand down an employee for a period during which the employee cannot be usefully employed. A stand down is when an employer cannot usefully employ a worker because of any stoppage of work…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/natural-disasters-and-stand-downs/

Understanding COVID-19 risks in your workplace

Published: 30/09/2021

Workplace health and safety information about physical distancing and ventilation

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/covid-workplace-risks/

Transport to and from work

Published: 29/09/2021

Work health and safety information about managing the risk of COVID-19 and transport and from work.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/transport-to-and-from-work/

Australia has a chance to make workplaces safer, but Morrison is ignoring key rights women fought hard to achieve

Published: 25/08/2021
Category: Working women

The Government must adopt the Respect@Work recommendations so no worker has to choose between their job and their safety, writes Michele O’Neil

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/25/a-chance-to-make-workplaces-safer/

Retired Unionists Network committee member profile: Rodger Smith

Published: 15/07/2021
Category: Retired Unionists Network

During my working life, I was a CPSU delegate in TELSTRA for 28 years and I was also part of the Negotiating Committee which was responsible for the National Enterprise Agreement. I am the only union delegate in the history of TELSTRA to have been personally rebuked by TELSTRA’s CEO (Frank Blount)! When I was made redundant by…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/07/15/retired-unionists-network-committee-member-profile-rodger-smith/

There’ll be no economic recovery without a wages recovery

Published: 14/07/2021
Category: Analysis

It’s time to face the truth. Our wages problem is because of the weak bargaining power of workers, writes ACTU Secretary Sally McManus

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/07/14/no-economic-recovery-without-a-wages-recovery/

Tax and Superannuation

Published: 04/02/2021

Learn about how tax and superannuation work in Australia.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/tax-and-superannuation/

Payslips and Record Keeping

Published: 04/02/2021

Payslips and accurate record keeping are essential to protecting workers from wage theft.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/payslips-and-record-keeping/

Deductions and Overpayment

Published: 04/02/2021

Money that is taken out of your pay by your employer before you receive it is known as a deduction. Deductions are only legal if: Both you and your employer agree in writing The Fair Work Commission or a court has ordered the deduction The award that covers your workplace specifically allows for them The…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/deductions-and-overpayment/

Your Rights Working in Heat

Published: 04/02/2021

Every employer or Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care to “ensure the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace”. This includes ensuring that workers are not exposed to hazardous temperatures. Working in excessively hot weather can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal. Every year, around…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/your-rights-working-in-heat/

Sick and Carer’s and Compassionate Leave

Published: 04/02/2021

Both sick and carer’s leave and compassionate leave allow you to take time off work when you need to – without losing income. Like most of your rights at work, these types of leave became law after the union movement campaigned for them and won. Sick and carer’s leave Sick and carer’s leave, also known…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/sick-and-carers-and-compassionate-leave/

Public Holidays

Published: 04/02/2021

Public holidays are government set days of the year where employees can be absent from work for the day, or part of the day. You must still be paid your base rate of pay for this day, unless you are a casual employee. These entitlements form part of the National Employment Standards (NES). Some public holidays can…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/public-holidays/

Annual Leave

Published: 04/02/2021

Understanding Your Leave Entitlements Annual leave, also known as holiday pay, allows you to be paid while you take time off work. Annual leave became standard in 1970 after a hard-fought union campaign. Full-time, permanent employees have the right to four weeks of annual leave. If you work part-time you are entitled to the same…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/annual-leave/

Industrial Action

Published: 04/02/2021

About Industrial Action in Australia Industrial action is action taken by a worker to try and improve their wages and conditions. Some examples include strike and work-stoppages, go-slows or protests.  Industrial action has been an important tool for workers throughout history, but currently in Australia there are strict rules around the types of industrial action…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/industrial-action/

Maternity Leave

Published: 04/02/2021

Maternity leave is formally known as parental leave. It gives you the right to take time off work if you are having or adopting a child. You can take maternity or paternity leave when: Most Awards and enterprise agreements offer maternity leave. This leave is often unpaid, however some awards and agreements also offer paid maternity leave. You may…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/maternity-leave/

Big business and the Morrison Government want to cut your wages and your rights at work

Published: 03/02/2021
Category: Workers rights

The Morrison Government wants to rush through laws to cut your rights at work. These laws will hurt all workers.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/02/03/big-business-and-the-morrison-government-want-to-cut-your-wages-and-your-rights-at-work/

You’re set to get more pay in July. Here’s how to check.

Published: 30/06/2023
Category: Australia Needs a Pay Rise

Whether your pay is getting a bump up and by how much depends on a few different factors. Here are three steps to help you figure out how much to expect in your next pay cycle.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/06/30/youre-set-to-get-more-pay-in-july-heres-how-to-check/

From ‘Bossware’ to ‘hidden homeless’: what these new words reveal about work in Australia

Published: 06/01/2023
Category: Working life

Bossware. E-change. Quiet quitting. What do any of these words have to do with work?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/01/06/from-bossware-to-hidden-homeless-what-these-new-words-reveal-about-work-in-australia/

Starting your first job? Follow these four tips to look like a pro

Published: 14/12/2022
Category: Workers rights

Your first job can be daunting, maybe a little unnerving. But hey, we’ve all been there. Follow this short guide to start out strong from day one.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/14/starting-your-first-job-follow-these-four-tips-to-look-like-a-pro/

Feel like you’re being watched at work? It’s not just the Halloween spooks.

Published: 31/10/2022
Category: Working life

Do you ever get the feeling someone is watching you? It’s not just because it’s the spookiest day of the year – it could be your employer.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/31/feel-like-youre-being-watched-at-work-its-not-just-the-halloween-spooks/

Union members kick back against ‘sportwashing’ for FIFA World Cup

Published: 29/10/2022
Category: Human Rights

“There are universal values that should define football. Values such as respect, dignity, trust and courage.”

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/29/union-members-kick-back-against-sportwashing-for-fifa-world-cup/

Three things workers need to see in tonight’s Federal Budget

Published: 25/10/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

Prices on everything are going up but our wages have failed to match those increases. The budget is a chance to turn the trend around. But don’t just take it from us. It’s what the experts are saying too.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/25/three-things-workers-need-to-see-in-tonights-federal-budget/

Why we’re talking reproductive leave on World Menopause Day

Published: 21/10/2022
Category: Women To The Front

Reproductive leave would allow workers to take five days paid leave to cover IVF, endometriosis, hysterectomies, and any pain, discomfort or treatments associated with menstruation and menopause.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/21/why-were-talking-reproductive-leave-on-world-menopause-day/

Expanded parental leave a big step forward for working parents

Published: 19/10/2022
Category: Working life

In a piece of good news for working parents, the Albanese Government has committed to expand access to Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks among other important changes.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/19/expanded-parental-leave-a-big-step-forward-for-working-parents/

Not OK Computer: Why workers’ data needs protection

Published: 18/10/2022
Category: On The Job

Do you ever ask yourself why your employer needs all that information about you and where it goes? What happens to it when you leave that job? Also, how much of that information is necessary to have in the first place?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/18/not-ok-computer-why-workers-data-needs-protection/

Public sector workers come in from the cold as wage freeze ends

Published: 12/10/2022
Category: On The Job

This is a really important moment for CPSU members. We’ve been dealing with nearly a decade of the coalition bargaining approach across the public sector, and that’s included wage freezes, it’s held back wages growth, and it’s prohibited any improvement in conditions.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/12/public-sector-workers-come-in-from-the-cold-as-wage-freeze-ends/

Are you one of the workers who has just landed a pay rise? Here’s how to check

Published: 12/10/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Do you work on a plane? Or in a café? Or conduct tours? If you work one of these jobs or one of the many others in aviation, hospitality, travel and tourism, you should have received a few extra dollars in your most recent pay slip.   As of 1 October, workers in these industries have…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/12/are-you-one-of-the-workers-who-has-just-landed-a-pay-rise-heres-how-to-check/

Three ways to get a pay rise

Published: 07/10/2022
Category: Working life

The bills are coming in with higher numbers than ever, but our incomes are falling further behind. We need a pay rise. But how do we make it happen? We’ve rounded up the three best ways to get your next wage increase. Spoiler alert: all roads lead back to joining your union. 1. The Annual…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/07/three-ways-to-get-a-pay-rise/

We as a country are better, stronger and happier when we work together

Published: 29/09/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

Sally McManus Address to the National Press Club, Wednesday 28th September 2022 Watch the address here. I want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are meeting on – the Ngunnawal people, and pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. The Australian union movement supports the Statement from the Heart calling…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/29/we-as-a-country-are-better-stronger-and-happier-when-we-work-together/

Workers in unions prevent Apple employees being squeezed for excessive hours and low pay

Published: 19/09/2022
Category: Workers rights

The workers that bring you the ‘Genius bar’ at Apple have made a clever move: they’ve joined their union.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/19/workers-in-unions-prevent-apple-employees-being-squeezed-for-excessive-hours-and-low-pay/

The fair, simple and accessible way we will boost wages

Published: 02/09/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

Australia needs sustainable pay increases so that working people’s pay keeps up with the cost of living and productivity increases. For this to occur we need to modernise the collective bargaining system.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/02/actu-secretary-sally-mcmanus-speech-at-the-jobs-and-skills-summit/

Having trouble getting decent pay? Fixing the bargaining system will change that

Published: 31/08/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

Keep an eye out of the next few days for the union movement’s positive plan to ensuring millions of workers can get a pay rise.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/31/having-trouble-getting-decent-pay-fixing-the-bargaining-system-will-change-that/

Sally McManus provides a key answer to fixing our low wages

Published: 25/08/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

We are staring in the face of a massive cost of living crisis where the prices everywhere have gone up but our wages have not. So what do we do to tackle such a big challenge?  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/25/sally-mcmanus-provides-a-key-answer-to-fixing-our-low-wages/

Wage growth is the lowest since 2011 but not for CEOs

Published: 18/08/2022
Category: Workers rights

Perhaps the only thing slower than watching grass grow is watching the rate of wage increases in Australia.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/18/wage-growth-is-the-lowest-since-2011-but-not-for-ceos/

Four tips for taking a mental health day

Published: 16/08/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Really, we shouldn’t have to think twice about taking a sick day when we want to look after our mental health. But if you have any doubts or simply just want to make the most of your day off, here are four tips that will come in handy. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/16/four-tips-for-taking-a-mental-health-day/

We need a new approach to make Australia’s economy fair for workers

Published: 09/08/2022
Category: On The Job

“Despite being in a high inflation environment, despite seeing the costs of everything going up, those settings would ordinarily point towards workers being able to get a decent increase in their wages, what we see is more money going towards profit, less money going towards workers pockets instead,” Dan Walton said.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/09/we-need-a-new-approach-to-make-australias-economy-fair-for-workers/

Workers supported to isolate with COVID sick leave restored

Published: 18/07/2022
Category: Covid-19

Good news for workers without paid sick leave: the Albanese Government has restored the $750 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/18/workers-supported-to-isolate-with-covid-sick-leave-restored/

Australian CEOs earn 100 times more than the average worker

Published: 13/07/2022
Category: Industrial Relations

How would you like to live like a CEO for a day? We’re certainly putting our hands up. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/13/australian-ceos-earn-100-times-more-than-the-average-worker/

Big business running same tired scare campaign when it comes to paying increases to workers

Published: 05/07/2022
Category: Minimum wage

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the 5.2% wage increase minimum wage workers will see appear on their pay slips in a matter of days. But it seems big business and conservative politicians aren’t too keen to give workers their fair share.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/05/big-business-running-same-tired-scare-campaign-when-it-comes-to-paying-increases-to-workers/

Crunch time is here for workers at Australian universities

Published: 14/06/2022
Category: On The Job

University of Sydney staff have taken strike action over the universities’ addiction to casualised work, endemic wage theft, overblown class sizes and workload blow outs.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/14/crunch-time-is-here-for-workers-at-australian-universities/

Billions of superannuation dollars are stolen by dodgy bosses each year – here’s how unions are stepping up

Published: 10/05/2022
Category: Super

The Auditor General recently released a report slamming the Australian Tax Office for only being “partly effective” at recovering stolen super. In Auditor General speak, that is a huge criticism.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/10/billions-of-superannuation-dollars-are-stolen-by-dodgy-bosses-each-year-heres-how-unions-are-stepping-up/

The average worker could have earned thousands more if it wasn’t for Morrison

Published: 02/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

For the first time this century, you will likely be heading to the polling booths with a real income lower than the last time you voted.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/02/the-average-worker-could-have-earned-thousands-more-if-it-wasnt-for-morrison/

Redundancy Pay, Redundancy Notice Periods and Entitlements

Published: 17/01/2022

An employer can make a role redundant if they: Genuine reasons for redundancy can be because the business has moved to a new location, has restructured or has gone out of business. Redundancy refers to a specific role — not the person who performs it. Your employer cannot make someone redundant and then hire someone…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/redundancy-pay/

We’re taking action for fairer paid parental leave

Published: 18/11/2021
Category: Women To The Front

For new families, a sense of financial security is undeniably valuable. But, on the other hand, so is spending quality time with young children and being there to support partners during the ups and downs.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/18/were-taking-action-for-fairer-paid-parental-leave/

On the frontline: a paramedic shares his experience of the pandemic

Published: 27/09/2021
Category: On The Job

A paramedic shares what it’s like working on the frontline of a pandemic, and how the support of his coworkers and union are getting him through.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/27/on-the-frontline-paramedic/

Vital transport workers take a stand for secure work

Published: 30/08/2021
Category: On The Job Workers rights

Australians have never been more dependent on the hard work and diligence of transport workers, writes Francis Leach

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/30/vital-transport-workers-take-a-stand-for-secure-work/

Casualisation of Australian universities must end

Published: 12/07/2021
Category: On The Job

Being employed at an Australian university has become a poverty trap for thousands of workers across the country, writes Francis Leach

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/07/12/australian-universities-casualisation-must-end/

Unions win pay rise for over 2 million workers

Published: 30/06/2021
Category: Minimum wage

Over two million workers are set to get a 2.5% pay rise after a hard-fought campaign by Australian unions.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/06/30/unions-win-pay-rise-for-over-2-million-workers/

It’s big business before workers as the Morrison Government comes for your rights again

Published: 11/06/2021
Category: Working life

Workers’ rights are under threat again as employer groups push the Morrison Government to revive the IR Omnibus Bill, writes Chloe Ward

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/06/11/its-big-business-before-workers-as-the-morrison-government-comes-for-your-rights-again/

Remember when knocking off work meant just that?

Published: 12/04/2021
Category: On The Job

As it becomes increasingly difficult for workers to switch off, unions are pushing for the “right to disconnect” after work hours.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/12/remember-when-knocking-off-work-meant-just-that/

Morrison’s dangerous IR bill takes aim at take-home pay and secure work

Published: 08/02/2021
Category: Industrial Relations Workers rights

Part-time workers stand to lose thousands in personal income, while others may be denied secure work altogether under proposed industrial relations changes, warns independent think tank, Per Capita.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/02/08/morrisons-dangerous-ir-bill-takes-aim-at-take-home-pay-and-secure-work/

The Morrison Government’s industrial relations bill will hurt workers, and hurt the economy

Published: 05/02/2021
Category: Analysis Industrial Relations Workers rights Working life

With Federal Parliament back in session, the fight over the Morrison Government’s Industrial Relations Bill is heating up.

Australian Unions oppose the Coalition’s dangerous plans—because they’re bad for wages, bad for workers’ conditions, and bad for the economy.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/02/05/the-morrison-governments-industrial-relations-bill-will-hurt-workers-and-hurt-the-economy/

Leave Loading – What Is It and Who Gets It?

Published: 04/02/2021

Leave loading is an extra payment given on top of annual leave pay. Also known as holiday loading or annual leave loading.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/leave-loading/

Underpayment

Published: 04/02/2021

Underpayment means being paid less than what you are entitled to. Depending on where you work, this can mean being paid less than you are entitled to under the relevant Award or agreement, or less than the national minimum wage. Not paying entitlements such as superannuation or penalty rates is also a form of underpayment. What to do if…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/underpayment/

Your Minimum Wage Entitlements

Published: 04/02/2021

Check the Minimum Wage in Australia – plus hourly wages & award rates. Should you get paid more? Find out with Australian Unions.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/minimum-wages/

Casual workers

Published: 04/02/2021

In Australia, there are more than two million workers employed casually. Under the Fair Work Act, you are classified as a casual employee if you accept an offer of employment where there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work. Casual workers are entitled to some but not all…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/casual-workers/

Union Achievements

Published: 10/12/2020

Just about everything good about our working lives is because of unions. That is a huge boast, but we can back it in. Take a look at this impressive list of union achievements. Annual Leave Paid Annual Leave was first won after a campaign by printing workers in 1936. The Arbitration Commission granted the workers…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/about-unions/union-achievements/

Member Benefits Update August 2019

Published: 08/08/2019
Category: Member Benefits Super

The August edition of your member benefits update brings you the latest on how to put your tax refund to good use, we look at the scourge of unpaid super, there’s some great Father’s Day deals available using your Member Benefits program and you could win one of five family (ADMIT 4) inseason passes to see Angry Birds in our monthly competition!

 

Save or splurge? Put your tax refund to good use
How good is tax time? In exchange for a few hours filling out your tax return, you could receive a handy refund cheque.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2019/08/08/member-benefits-update-august-2019/

Insecure Work in Australia

Published: 08/09/2018
Category: Job security

About Australians’ work is becoming less secure. Only 60 per cent of workers are in full or part-time ongoing employment. The rest – around four million workers – are engaged either as casuals, on short-term contracts, in labour hire, or as “independent” contractors. The Issues Casual work was originally limited to those rare cases where…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/09/08/insecure-work-in-australia/

Member Benefits Update September 2018

Published: 05/09/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the September edition of your Member Benefits Update we bring you a special union member discount on tickets to see, ‘Madiba the Musical’, we look at ways to spring clean your finances, there’s tips on preparing for bushfire season, an update about our recent national door-knock and we pay tribute to former ACTU Assistant Secretary, Laurie Carmichael.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/09/05/member-benefits-update-september-2018/

Protecting a member’s most valuable asset

Published: 27/08/2018
Category: Member Benefits

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 4 women suffer from a disability during their working life that results in them taking more than six months off work.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/08/27/protecting-a-members-most-valuable-asset/

Should I be paid for any overtime I work?

Published: 24/04/2015
Category: Analysis Industrial Relations Workers rights

Leonie asks: I work for the local council and I’ve just now changed jobs within the council.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2015/04/24/should-i-be-paid-for-any-overtime-i-work/

I didn’t get my annual leave pay when I quit

Published: 06/08/2014
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Gavin asks: I didn’t get my annual leave pay and when I left the job.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/08/06/i-didnt-get-my-annual-leave-pay-when-i-quit/

Non family related leave

Published: 10/02/2014
Category: Analysis

Joan asks: Is it possible to get extra leave for things aren’t family related? Like moving house or taking an animal to the vet?Extra leave, which isn’t covered by the NES (such as moving leave or pet related leave) is the sort of entitlement that can be negotiated for by a union in an Enterprise  Bargaining Agreement.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/02/10/non-family-related-leave/

Frequently Asked Questions

Published: 05/06/2013
Category: Analysis

My employer says I can’t join the union, is that true? Do I have to tell my employer if I join?
No.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/06/05/frequently-asked-questions/