Workers rights

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

Date 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/

Leave loading is your new friend these holidays

Date Published: 17/12/2022
Category: Workers rights

You are likely already familiar with annual leave, but have you heard of annual leave loading? Many workers are entitled to this extra pay on top of their annual leave. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/17/leave-loading-is-your-new-friend-these-holidays/

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

Date 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/

Aged care workers’ 15% pay rise a start but higher increase is “beyond urgent”

Date Published: 24/11/2022
Category: Workers rights

If there is no significant pay increased for all aged care workers in the next six months, we could see three in four workers leave the sector.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/11/24/aged-care-workers-15-pay-rise-a-start-but-higher-increase-is-beyond-urgent/

Nurses on strike for life-saving staffing ratios

Date Published: 24/11/2022
Category: Workers rights

Nurses and midwives had one goal as they went on a 24 hour strike across NSW: to save lives.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/11/24/nurses-on-strike-for-life-saving-staffing-ratios/

Going on parental leave? Here’s why you should know about keeping in touch days

Date Published: 24/11/2022
Category: Workers rights

With some workers on leave for 12 months or longer, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to keep in the loop with what’s happening at work. Fortunately, what are known as ‘keeping in touch’ days are a great way to help.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/11/24/going-on-parental-leave-heres-why-you-should-know-about-keeping-in-touch-days/

Watch out: a zombie agreement could be haunting your workplace

Date 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/

Has your boss put you on a sham contract? Here are the warning signs

Date Published: 20/10/2022
Category: Workers rights

Are you a casual or a contractor? Do you work in the gig economy? Has your boss told you to get an ABN but you’re not sure why? While of course there are bosses that play within the rules, there are some dodgy employers out there who may have you on a sham contract.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/20/has-your-boss-put-you-on-a-sham-contract-here-are-the-warning-signs/

It is possible to take home millions of dollars in pay. But what’s the dark secret?

Date Published: 14/09/2022
Category: Workers rights

At first glance, it looks like there is a secret behind the extraordinary figures of CEO pay packets. After all, how is it even possible that anyone person can ‘earn’ hundreds of millions of dollars?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/14/it-is-possible-to-take-home-millions-of-dollars-in-pay-but-whats-the-dark-secret/

It’s not just newspaper sizes that have shrunk. Journalists’ wages have too.

Date Published: 08/09/2022
Category: Workers rights

The next time you read an article from The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald, have a look at the name attached to the piece. They may well be one of the freelancers who haven’t had an increase to their pay rates in 20 years.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/08/its-not-just-newspaper-sizes-that-have-shrunk-journalists-wages-have-too/

Early childhood educators put children before profit

Date Published: 07/09/2022
Category: Workers rights

You would think that with childcare prices the way they are that early childhood educators would be paid well. But the thousands of childcare workers who took to the streets today have shown us otherwise.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/07/early-childhood-educators-put-children-before-profit/

Denial of ten-minute breaks a multi-million-dollar screw up for McDonald’s

Date Published: 03/09/2022
Category: Workers rights

Some workers were offered free soft drinks instead of a paid break while others were told that the couple of minutes it would take to take a drink water or got to the toilet would accumulate to a 10-minute break.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/03/denial-of-ten-minute-breaks-a-multi-million-dollar-screw-up-for-mcdonalds/

Wage growth is the lowest since 2011 but not for CEOs

Date 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/

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

Date 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/

Oil giants’ profits gleam while cost-of-living skyrockets and wages fall behind

Date Published: 05/08/2022
Category: Workers rights

Huge corporations have chosen to pass on costs to customers rather than absorb them. In a similar fashion, the big oil and gas companies booked super windfall profits while Australian taxpayers have subsidised the bowser price of petrol. The vast majority of these profits head off-shore to overseas billionaires and hedge-funds. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/05/oil-giants-profits-gleam-while-cost-of-living-skyrockets-and-wages-fall-behind/

Union members speak up at parliament

Date Published: 03/08/2022
Category: Workers rights

“I want to be a leader for my community as well as people who are around my age group. I want to let them know, ‘You know what? Joining the union is really good. We need people like you’.”

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/03/union-members-speak-up-at-parliament/

Workers’ wages and rights have seen decades of setback. Here’s how unions are changing the trend.

Date Published: 21/07/2022
Category: Workers rights

u know how giant tech companies love championing the innovation and productivity of their workers?  It was only a few years ago the billionaire tech company CEOs and executives were caught cheating their own employees.   

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/21/workers-wages-and-rights-have-seen-decades-of-setback-heres-how-unions-are-changing-the-trend/

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

Date 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/

Hospital patients and rising cost of living front of mind for nurses and midwives on strike

Date Published: 29/06/2022
Category: Workers rights

Going on strike in any industry is a last resort. But NSW nurses and midwives have had to do it not once, not twice, but now three times this year.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/29/hospital-patients-and-rising-cost-of-living-front-of-mind-for-nurses-and-midwives-on-strike/

Thinking about joining a union but worried about what your boss will think? Here’s your pitch

Date Published: 06/06/2022
Category: Workers rights

Thankfully, there are ways to explain the benefits of union membership for yourself and your employer without confronting your boss with a folder of evidence documenting a few hundred years of systemic worker exploitation.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/06/thinking-about-joining-a-union-but-worried-about-what-your-boss-will-think-heres-your-pitch/

Ready for a wage rise? You’re never alone when you’re a union member

Date Published: 01/06/2022
Category: Workers rights

We know that if we want to see real wage increases, we need more than talk. We need to take action. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/01/ready-for-a-wage-rise-youre-never-alone-when-youre-a-union-member/

Can your boss force you back into the workplace?

Date Published: 11/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

If you haven’t had the conversation already, it could be coming soon. Whether you welcome the request or not, your employer may ask for you to return to the physical workplace. But what if you don’t want to go back?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/11/can-your-boss-force-you-back-into-the-workplace/

Qantas workers win as Federal Court rules sacking of 2,000 jobs illegal for second time

Date Published: 05/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

Qantas refused to listen the first time when the Federal Court ruled that it sacked 2,000 workers illegally. Qantas workers have welcomed the news of the airline’s second defeat after it tried to overturn the initial ruling. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/05/qantas-workers-win-as-federal-court-rules-sacking-of-2000-jobs-illegal-for-second-time/

You’re not a clone on Star Wars Day

Date Published: 04/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

What better way to kick off May the 4th – commonly known as Star Wars Day – with workers striking back against malignant forces.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/04/youre-not-a-clone-on-star-wars-day/

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

Date 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/

Do you know your rights as a casual?

Date Published: 03/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

the recent public holidays, there’s no better time to brush up on your rights as a casual worker in Australia.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/03/do-you-know-your-rights-as-a-casual/

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

Date 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/

Heartwarming tales of workers championing their communities

Date Published: 01/05/2022
Category: Workers rights

Collective action is at the core of what Australian Unions are built on. It’s both a principle we believe in and a strategy we employ. So to counteract the bad news stories and give you a break from the doomscrolling, here are some of the recent wins we’ve achieved through collective change. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/05/01/heartwarming-tales-of-workers-championing-their-communities/

Tribute to union legend Tom McDonald

Date Published: 29/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

Tom McDonald was a building union leader and industry reformer, superannuation pioneer, and union legend.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/29/tribute-to-union-legend-tom-mcdonald/

Stepping up our campaign to defend workers’ rights, protect job security and ensure decent wages

Date Published: 26/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

Australian Unions are stepping up its workplace campaign and launching TV ads in key marginal seats to warn voters that Scott Morrison has not come clean on plans to re-introduce legislation that will remove rights from workers, and put further downward pressure on wages. The ads will run on live and catch-up TV around the…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/26/stepping-up-our-campaign-to-defend-workers-rights-protect-job-security-and-ensure-decent-wages/

3 reasons why we can’t trust Morrison to protect workers

Date Published: 21/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

It’s been less than a fortnight since the federal election was called and already the Morrison Government has provided some helpful reminders of how they’ve let down workers. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/21/3-reasons-why-we-cant-trust-morrison-to-protect-workers/

4 ways to get involved this election

Date Published: 16/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

With just over a month until the federal election, it can be difficult to cut through the political noise. But each of us can make a difference before May 21.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/16/4-ways-to-get-involved-this-election/

Working public holidays? Make sure you’re getting the right pay

Date Published: 14/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

If you’re a casual worker putting in hours this public holiday, you should make sure you’re being paid your weekend and public holiday penalty rates.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/14/working-public-holidays-make-sure-youre-getting-the-right-pay/

Is your boss anti-union? How to spot the signs

Date Published: 06/04/2022
Category: Workers rights

If you and your colleagues are looking to unionise your workplace or join a union, keep an eye out for these 4 red flags from your employer.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/06/is-your-boss-anti-union-how-to-spot-the-signs/

You’re never alone when you’re a union member

Date Published: 31/03/2022
Category: Workers rights

You already know the advantages to being a union member. Now we want the rest of working Australia to know too.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/03/31/youre-never-alone-when-youre-a-union-member/

Keeping safe: your rights at work and support during the flood crisis

Date Published: 23/03/2022
Category: Workers rights

Impacted by the Queensland and NSW floods? These are the plans to put in place, your leave entitlements, how stand downs work and the Government payments you may be eligible to access. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/03/23/keeping-safe-your-rights-at-work-and-support-during-the-flood-crisis/

The Right to Disconnect: allowing workers to properly unplug

Date Published: 23/02/2022
Category: Workers rights

If your boss calls or emails you outside work hours, do you reply? Too many of us do.

Australian Unions have recognised how the working from home requirement during the pandemic has exacerbated a problem across the workforce: the struggle to disconnect.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/23/the-right-to-disconnect-allowing-workers-to-properly-unplug/

The federal election is around the corner, but the disinformation is already here

Date Published: 22/02/2022
Category: Workers rights

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has sounded the alarm bells on anti-union disinformation as the government swings into full campaign mode.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/22/the-federal-election-is-around-the-corner-but-the-disinformation-is-already-here/

Have you faced age discrimination in the workplace?

Date Published: 01/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

Age discrimination in the workplace is more common than you might think. But what is it and what you can do if you experience it?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/01/age-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

Are you being bullied at work?

Date Published: 15/09/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

To help protect yourself from bullying in the workplace, we explain what bullying is and isn’t, and what to do if it’s happening to you.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/15/are-you-being-bullied-at-work/

Equal pay in Australia – are you working for free?

Date Published: 31/08/2021
Category: Workers rights Working women

Today is Equal Pay Day – a day to raise awareness of the gender pay gap in Australia.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/31/equal-pay-day/

Vital transport workers take a stand for secure work

Date 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/

10 free Zoom backgrounds for the union proud

Date Published: 20/08/2021
Category: Workers rights

Fight zoom fatigue, entertain your colleagues and show your union pride with these free Zoom backgrounds from Australian Unions

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/20/10-free-zoom-backgrounds/

4 reasons to join your union today

Date Published: 04/05/2021
Category: Workers rights

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate May the Fourth than joining the next best thing to the Rebel Alliance – your union.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/05/04/4-reasons-to-join-your-union-today/

Happy birthday ACTU – 94 years strong

Date Published: 03/05/2021
Category: Workers rights

The ACTU is celebrating 94 years as the peak body representing Australian unions, their members and families.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/05/03/happy-birthday-actu-94-years-strong/

Safe Work 4 Women: enough talk – it’s time for action

Date Published: 14/04/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights Working women

Australian Unions has joined together with a diverse group of organisations representing women’s rights to demand the Morrison Government deliver real safety at work for women.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/14/safe-work-4-women/

The end of JobKeeper…. and those left behind

Date Published: 02/04/2021
Category: Analysis Workers rights Working life

This time last year, Australian Unions fought for, and won, JobKeeper. This week, the Morrison Government has taken it away, with no plans for a replacement, writes Chloe Ward.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/02/the-end-of-jobkeeper-and-those-left-behind/

As the floods recede, workers are being sold down the river

Date Published: 26/03/2021
Category: Analysis Workers rights Working life

This week’s floods in New South Wales are a warning of things to come—and of what we must do to support workers through the challenges of climate change, writes Chloe Ward.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/26/as-the-floods-recede-workers-are-being-sold-down-the-river/

A win for workers—and another betrayal by the Morrison Government

The Morrison Government’s IR Bill passed the Senate yesterday, stripped of all but one of its major provisions. This was a win for unions, workers, and the community who campaigned against the changes, writes Chloe Ward.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/19/a-win-for-workers-and-another-betrayal-by-the-morrison-government/

Update: Government entrenches job insecurity with workplace law “Omnibus Bill”

Date Published: 18/03/2021
Category: Industrial Relations Workers rights

Working people in unions have successfully stopped many of the worst aspects of the Morrison Government’s anti-worker “Omnibus Bill” from becoming law.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/18/gutless-government-punishes-casual-workers-after-humiliating-defeat/

Meet the workers facing the worst of the Morrison Government’s IR Bill

Date Published: 12/03/2021
Category: Analysis Workers rights Working life

You’ve heard a lot from me about the dangers of the Morrison Government’s IR Omnibus Bill. That’s because it’s important. It will entrench casualisation, undermine wages and conditions, and stall Australia’s recovery from the Covid-19 recession.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/12/meet-the-workers-facing-the-worst-of-the-morrison-governments-ir-bill/

Meet Sherree: one cut from poverty

One shift can make all the difference for aged care worker Sherree Clarke. But in the midst of a pandemic, she actually saw fewer of them.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/10/meet-sherree-one-cut-from-poverty/

It’s time to get real about the issues working women face every day

Date Published: 09/03/2021
Category: Human Rights Workers rights

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, Australian Unions have released a report into women’s progress and gender equality in Australia and wow, do we need to do better.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/09/lets-get-real-about-the-issues-working-women-face-every-day/

Meet Gaby: a nurse’s concern

Date Published: 03/03/2021
Category: Industrial Relations Job security Workers rights

As a registered nurse for the past 10 years, Gaby Norman is used to taking care of others. And that’s why, with the Morrison Government proposing dangerous industrial relations legislation, she fears for what’s ahead.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/03/meet-gaby-a-nurses-concern/

Meet Llwyd: the labour hire roundabout

Date Published: 02/03/2021
Category: Industrial Relations Job security Workers rights

Llwyd is an electrician based in Brisbane, with nearly three decades’ worth of experience. But he’s trapped on what he calls “the labour hire roundabout”.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/02/meet-llwyd-the-labour-hire-roundabout/

Meet Rylee: the need for job security

Date Published: 01/03/2021
Category: Industrial Relations Workers rights Working life

Job security. That’s all Rylee Miller is asking for. She just wants to know her job is safe and permanent.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/01/meet-rylee-the-need-for-job-security/

What to do if you are sexually harassed at work

Date Published: 22/02/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

When former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins shared her account of sexual assault in the workplace, it sent shockwaves through Parliament and the wider community.

But for many women, what emerged from the headlines was a distressingly familiar story of toxic workplace cultures, unacceptable tolerance of sexual harassment, and a complete failure of those in charge to protect victims.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/02/22/what-to-do-if-you-are-sexually-harassed-at-work/

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

Date 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

Date 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/

Meet the hardest working man in snow business

Date Published: 20/12/2020
Category: Workers rights

It’s the Xmas edition of On the Job, so Francis and Sally meet the one person who is definitely happy to be working Xmas Day – Santa.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/12/20/meet-the-hardest-working-man-in-snow-business/

Winding back JobSeeker will send an extra 190,000 Australians into poverty

Date Published: 18/12/2020
Category: Covid-19 Jobseeker Workers rights

Chief economist for the independent think tank The Australia Institute, Dr Richard Denniss, has labelled cuts to the JobSeeker payment “absolutely crazy”, warning it will see an extra 190,000 people living in poverty. Speaking with On the Job with Francis Leach & Sally Rugg, the prominent economist and author explained, “From an economic point of view, putting…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/12/18/winding-back-jobseeker-will-send-an-extra-190000-australians-into-poverty/

Someone is messing with your rights at work – what you need to know

Date Published: 10/12/2020
Category: Covid-19 Workers rights

A new Industrial Relations (IR) law that will allow employers to cut the wages and conditions of workers has just been introduced.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/12/10/someone-is-messing-with-your-rights-at-work-what-you-need-to-know/

Secure jobs with decent pay and conditions key to “a better normal after COVID-19″

Date Published: 02/12/2020
Category: Covid-19 Workers rights

Shadow Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP says Australians deserve a “better normal” for the sacrifices made during the pandemic including jobs “that are secure with decent pay and conditions”.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/12/02/secure-jobs-with-decent-pay-and-conditions-key-to-a-better-normal-after-covid-19/

Gender bias still a big player in sport

Date Published: 25/11/2020
Category: Workers rights

Australia’s most capped netball coach, Lisa Alexander, says it’s time the “weight of numbers” shifted. The highly experienced former Australian Diamonds boss recently applied for the now-filled senior coaching position at AFL club North Melbourne and was told she wouldn’t be receiving an interview.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/11/25/gender-bias-still-a-big-player-in-sport/

Paid pandemic leave – what is it and why do we need it?

Date Published: 10/08/2020
Category: Analysis Covid-19 Workers rights

In what’s been an already devasting year, it’s fair to say Victorians have had an especially rough week.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/08/10/paid-pandemic-leave-what-is-it-and-why-do-we-need-it/

A win for paid pandemic leave – but there’s more to be done

Date Published: 06/08/2020
Category: Covid-19 Member Benefits Workers rights

We can celebrate a victory this week, with the Fair Work Commission finally listening to Australian unions’ calls for paid pandemic leave for aged care workers.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/08/06/a-win-for-paid-pandemic-leave-but-theres-more-to-be-done/

Securing jobs and wage growth: the key to economic recovery

Date Published: 02/07/2020
Category: Covid-19 Member Benefits Workers rights

Every Australian can win, if discussions between the government, business, and the union movement address weaknesses in workplace law that started long before the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2020/07/02/securing-jobs-and-wage-growth-the-key-to-economic-recovery/

Can Our Boss Charge Us For Breakages

Date Published: 10/09/2018
Category: Analysis Workers rights

R asks:
There was a thing on the noticeboard at work from the owner saying that those of us who worked last Saturday night would have our pay docked as a tray of glasses was dropped when someone slipped loading the glass washer and everything got broken.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/09/10/can-our-boss-charge-us-for-breakages/

For the 99 per cent: Inequality in Australia

Date Published: 08/08/2018
Category: Workers rights

About Decades of neo-conservative policies and the failed theory of trickle-down economics has led to the highest levels of income inequality on record. Corporations have become too powerful, and working people are missing out. While profit growth is the strongest it has been in 15 years, wage growth is the lowest on record. Inequality: the…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/08/08/for-the-99-per-cent-inequality-in-australia/

The minimum wage should be a living wage

Date Published: 11/07/2018
Category: Minimum wage Workers rights

Australia’s a great place to live with a high standard of living, and we want to keep it that way. A cornerstone of our way of life is a decent wage – not just a minimum wage but a living wage. A decent wage that includes penalty rates, overtime allowances and paid leave. A national…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/07/11/the-minimum-wage-should-be-a-living-wage/

How Do I Make My Workplace Safe?

Date Published: 22/05/2018
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Francesca asks:
One of my finds sliced open his hand at work over the weekend.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/05/22/how-do-i-make-my-workplace-safe/

Do Work Rules Apply at Work Parties?

Date Published: 29/11/2017
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Daniel asks:
What’s the go with work functions? There were drinks last week for one of the people who were retiring.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2017/11/29/do-work-rules-apply-at-work-parties/

Member Benefits Update November 2017

Date Published: 01/11/2017
Category: Member Benefits Workers rights Working life

In November’s installment we look at the findings of a recent survey by ME about requesting a pay rise, there’s a new general insurance deal for union members, we urge you to sign the petition in support of workers at Streets, there’s info on Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s upcoming Melbourne dinner plus there’s a $100 WISH gift card  to win!
 
 

Requesting a pay rise actually works but few ask

In a period of record low wage growth, one of the most successful strategies among workers to increase their incomes − asking for a pay rise – is also one of the least used, according to a new survey by industry super fund-owned bank, ME.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2017/11/01/member-benefits-update-november-2017/

Restore penalty rates

Date Published: 20/09/2017
Category: Workers rights

The problem Hospitality, pharmacy, retail and fast food workers will have their weekend and public holiday pay cut again from 1 July and will face more cuts next year and the year after depending on the industry. This is a pay cut that these workers don’t deserve and cannot afford. From July 1, these workers…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2017/09/20/restore-penalty-rates/

underpaid wages

Date Published: 07/08/2017
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Jordan asks: I am currently working for a company that is not paying our tax or super and doesn’t give us pay slips.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2017/08/07/underpaid-wages/

Should I be paid for any overtime I work?

Date 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/

Do I still get penalty rates if I’m sick that day?

Date Published: 17/04/2015
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Erin asks: If I normally work on a day when a public holiday falls but I’m sick on that day and so don’t go in, would I get penalty rates?Penalty rates are payable if people work on a public holiday, but aren’t paid if the day is taken off.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2015/04/17/do-i-still-get-penalty-rates-if-im-sick-that-day/

Am I being paid correctly under my award?

Date Published: 01/12/2014
Category: Analysis Industrial Relations Workers rights

Leon asks: My employer says she doesn’t have to pay me the amount set down in the Award as when I started working for her the Award said I was paid at a lower rate.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/12/01/am-i-being-paid-correctly-under-my-award/

Light duties when pregnant

Date Published: 27/10/2014
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Laurel asks: I’m pregnant but I haven’t told my boss yet.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/10/27/light-duties-when-pregnant/

What are my rights when working in heat?

Date Published: 20/10/2014
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Casey asks: I’m working at a kitchen that is non-ventilated and is already reaching 33 degrees.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/10/20/what-are-my-rights-when-working-in-heat/

Protect Weekend Rates

Date Published: 11/07/2014
Category: Workers rights

Weekends still mean something in Australia – a night out with friends, catching a match or playing with your kids. But for people who serve us in restaurants, fill our prescriptions, care for our elderly and keep us safe, weekends are just another work day. Australians have always been about the fair go, that’s why…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/07/11/protect-weekend-rates/

owed money

Date Published: 13/02/2014
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Kate asks: I have constantly been underpaid since starting in my current position.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2014/02/13/owed-money/

How to deal with a written warning

Date Published: 25/10/2013
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Sandra asks: I have been given a written warning at work for talking behind people’s backs; they said I am the worst one at this in our store.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/10/25/how-to-deal-with-a-written-warning/

It’s Time to End Workplace Bullying

Date Published: 19/07/2013
Category: Workers rights

Have you ever been bullied in your workplace? Any form of bullying — from being deliberately left out all the way through to extreme acts of violence — can really hurt. That’s why a recent parliamentary inquiry found that bullying was a form of psychological violence.  And thankfully, our government is doing something about this,…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/07/19/its-time-to-end-workplace-bullying/

Help for the Security industry

Date Published: 03/06/2013
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Question posted by Michael: Hi, I am wondering if anyone can point me in the correct direction regarding what union to join etc, I work in the security industry and to be honest I am sick of the BS, the company I currently works for has basically lied time and time again about rosters, fly in and fly out dates and the change of roster regarding pay.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/06/03/help-for-the-security-industry/

Injury at work

Date Published: 02/06/2013
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Question posted by John: I injured the tendons in my hand at work and I had to work the next day and my hand swelled up.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/06/02/injury-at-work/

Apprentice Pay?

Date Published: 02/06/2013
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Question posted by Glenn: I am currently a third year apprentice chef for a pub/ hotel, with no accommodation I am 25 years old and I receive $13 an hour, no extra money for the weekend and I am full time.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/06/02/apprentice-pay/

No pay for compulsory training?

Date Published: 02/06/2013
Category: Analysis Workers rights

Question posted by Sonia: My husband is a disability support worker who attended a compulsory training course in work hours and was told he was not going to be paid for that time.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2013/06/02/no-pay-for-compulsory-training/