Workers rights

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/