Working life

Changing the world one workplace at a time? That’s the power of people working in union

Date Published: 23/09/2022
Category: Working life

When my mother was pregnant with me in the 90s, she fought tooth and nail to become the first woman in her workplace to receive paid maternity leave.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/23/changing-the-world-one-workplace-at-a-time-thats-the-power-of-people-working-in-union/

The continuing legacy of industry super funds

Date Published: 16/09/2022
Category: Working life

For those whose superannuation has been in the hands of for-profit funds throughout their working lives, a stable and sustainable retirement is an unlikely reality. Instead, Australians are finding that the fund they’ve entrusted with their hard-earned retirement savings has far from their best interests at heart. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/16/the-continuing-legacy-of-industry-super-funds/

We need a parental leave system that supports working parents

Date Published: 02/09/2022
Category: Working life

Women today are told that they can and should seamlessly maintain a perfect balance of work and family life. But our current paid parental leave framework tells us that motherhood is a thankless job in many ways.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/02/we-need-a-parental-leave-system-that-supports-working-parents/

Medicare in crisis as bulk billing is in rapid decline

Date Published: 26/08/2022
Category: Working life

The lesson here is simple: we should never take universal healthcare for granted. Once again, our public health system is under threat and we need to fight to protect it.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/26/medicare-in-crisis-as-bulk-billing-is-in-rapid-decline/

Workers are paying the price for corporate greed

Date Published: 19/08/2022
Category: Working life

Australia is undeniably home to a class of an elite: a small number of multi-millionaires and billionaires who hoard profits earned off the backs of workers and keep it for themselves. Workers have generated great levels of productivity that allow the Australian economy to flourish and yet it is the multi-millionaire CEOs who refuse to fairly share the profits. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/19/workers-are-paying-the-price-for-corporate-greed/

Why workers need to know about the ‘productivity’ problem

Date Published: 12/08/2022
Category: Working life

CEOs and senior executives often use productivity to refer to the idea that we need minimal resources to produce maximum output. doing the job that two workers used to do.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/12/why-workers-need-to-know-about-the-productivity-problem/

Not just mining magnates: Corporate profiteering is happening in your industry too

Date Published: 12/08/2022
Category: Working life

If corporate profiteering is the Hollywood cowboy riding off into a sunset of success, then workers’ wages are the cacti left in the billowing dust. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/12/not-just-mining-magnates-corporate-profiteering-is-happening-in-your-industry-too/

Big business cash in so workers bear the brunt of inflation

Date Published: 04/08/2022
Category: Working life

We can’t afford to sweep profiteering under the rug while workers are told, once again, that their wages should decrease for the “health of our economy”.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/04/big-business-cash-in-so-workers-bear-the-brunt-of-inflation/

Safe jobs for a safe climate

Date Published: 29/07/2022
Category: Working life

Climate change is union business and there are many ways for Australia to make a just transition and ensure employment security for all its workers.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/29/safe-jobs-for-a-safe-climate/

What does the Uber Files scandal mean for workers in Australia?

Date Published: 22/07/2022
Category: Working life

While we’re certainly celebrating the increase to wages and super, we know that bosses don’t always do the right thing and your union is always here to hold them to account.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/22/what-does-the-uber-files-scandal-mean-for-workers-in-australia/