Working life

Stronger, balanced, and inclusive: a vision for the 2021 Budget

Date Published: 30/04/2021 Category: Economic recovery Working life

2021 Budget and beyond – Australian Unions has been planning an economic recovery that takes care of people, at all stages of life

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/30/stronger-balanced-and-inclusive-a-vision-for-the-2021-budget/

Making the case for a living wage

Date Published: 09/04/2021 Category: Minimum wage Opinion Working life

A real, meaningful increase to the minimum wage is not only the right thing to do, but makes plenty of sense, writes Chloe Ward.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/09/making-the-case-for-a-living-wage/

The end of JobKeeper…. and those left behind

Date Published: 02/04/2021 Category: Opinion 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: Opinion 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/

Meet Mark: an imbalance of power

Date Published: 17/03/2021 Category: Industrial Relations Job security Working life

Imagine getting laid-off over Christmas, abandoned by your employer, left with nothing while the bills stack up.

It’s a nightmare scenario, but for Mark and 300 of his colleagues, it was all too real.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/17/meet-mark-an-imbalance-of-power/

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

Date Published: 12/03/2021 Category: Opinion 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/

5 ways to support women co-workers every day

Date Published: 08/03/2021 Category: Human Rights Working life

International Women’s Day is here again – a day to celebrate the achievements of women and a call to action in the ongoing fight for gender equality.
A day is great, but it got us thinking. What can we be doing to support women in our workplaces all year round? So, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways you can start making a difference.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/08/5-ways-to-support-women-co-workers-every-day/

Families like mine deserve to have confidence in aged care

Date Published: 04/03/2021 Category: Opinion Working life

Like many who have seen Australia’s aged care system up close, I wasn’t surprised by the Royal Commission into Aged Care’s damning conclusions.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/03/04/families-like-mine-deserve-to-have-confidence-in-aged-care/