Unsafe work and bullying

All workers have a right to a safe and healthy work environment. Unsafe working conditions can lead to serious health complications for workers and even workers’ deaths. Unions take safety at work very seriously. One of the central functions of unions is to advocate for workers’ safety to businesses and the Government and to assist…


Annual Leave

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 amount of leave, proportionate…


Penalty Rates and Allowances

Penalty rates and allowances are extra payments made on top of your regular wage. They are intended to make sure that you are being compensated for working at inconvenient times or under dangerous or unpleasant conditions. There are many different reasons why you might be entitled to be paid either penalty rates, allowances, or both….


Industrial Action

AboutA worker’s right to withdraw their labour is a fundamental freedom, yet Australia’s laws restrict this right. Employers can do as they please and workers can do little to stop them. Workers face heavy penalties for taking strike action. Even a 10 minute stop work meeting can result in tough punishments. The IssueThe right to…


Maternity and Paternity Leave and Pay

Maternity and paternity leave give you the right to take time off work if you are having or adopting a child. You can take maternity or paternity leave when: You give birth Your partner gives birth You adopt a child aged 16 or less Most awards and enterprise agreements offer maternity and paternity leave. This…


What is the minimum wage in Australia

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


Casual workers

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…