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Health and safety survey shows national action should follow Qld lead

Health and safety survey shows national action should follow Qld lead

A national survey on workplace health and safety released today shows widespread worker support for national legislation similar to Queensland’s industrial manslaughter laws.
The national survey of more than 26,000 working people responded to questions about their experiences of work health ...
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QCU welcomes new Industrial Relations Commission appointments

QCU welcomes new Industrial Relations Commission appointments

The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Education and Industrial Relations Hon Grace Grace of four new appointments to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). In particular, QCU Senior Vice President and State Secretary of ...
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PM Morrison scores $11,000 pay rise while workers cop penalty rates cut

PM Morrison scores $11,000 pay rise while workers cop penalty rates cut

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday scored an $11,000 pay rise while some of Queensland’s lowest paid workers copped a further cut to their yearly income. That’s the ongoing impact of the LNP government’s support for cuts to penalty rates for ...
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Vale Ron Monaghan, former QCU General Secretary

Vale Ron Monaghan, former QCU General Secretary

Queensland workers are mourning the loss of former Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ron Monaghan, a brave fighter for workers’ rights who died yesterday after a battle with cancer. Mr Monaghan, 65, had a distinguished career in the demanding ...
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80,000 Queenslanders take part in Labour Day activities

80,000 Queenslanders take part in Labour Day activities

An estimated 80,000 workers and supporters gathered at Labour Day events over the weekend calling to change the rules for secure jobs, fair pay rises and restoration of penalty rates. There were around 20 events held across Queensland for the ...
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International Workers' Memorial Day 2019

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2019

By Ros McLennan, General Secretary, Queensland Council of Unions International Workers’ Memorial Day (Sunday 28 April 2019) is a time to remember workers who have died, become ill or injured because of work and a chance to renew focus on ...
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Meet Neil Rogers - Change the Rules Activist

Meet Neil Rogers – Change the Rules Activist

Neil Rogers is a long-time Change the Rules activist in Forde - a federal seat based to the south of Brisbane including locations like Beenleigh, Eagleby and parts of Logan. Retired now, Neil splits his time volunteering for a wide ...
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Unions back recommendation to jail dodgy employers for wage theft

Unions back recommendation to jail dodgy employers for wage theft

Queensland Unions have backed an in-principle recommendation to jail dodgy employers who deliberately or recklessly underpay workers. The recommendation was one of 17 contained in the State Government’s response to a Parliamentary committee inquiry into wage theft released today. Queensland ...
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Workers at Qld Children's Hospital Rally for Fair Pay

Workers at Qld Children’s Hospital Rally for Fair Pay

A rally by Queensland unions was held at midday outside the Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane in support of United Voice workers fighting against wage theft.
Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the stand taken ...
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Morrison government caught short on “permanent casual” case

Morrison government caught short on “permanent casual” case

Queensland Unions say the Morrison government cannot be trusted to change industrial relations to the benefit of workers. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan joined condemnation of the plan being floated today by federal Jobs and Industrial Relations ...
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Twenty thousand Brisbane workers rally to Change the Rules

Twenty thousand Brisbane workers rally to Change the Rules

Tens of thousands of workers turned out today in Brisbane in a show of community support to change the rules to address growing inequality in Australia. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said Queensland workers were concerned that ...
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Wage theft inquiry report calls for criminalisation

Wage theft inquiry report calls for criminalisation

Queensland Unions have welcomed today’s Parliamentary inquiry report which recommends criminalising wage theft and changing laws to make it easier for workers to reclaim stolen wages. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the scourge of wage theft ...
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Ad campaign in Queensland building to national rallies to Change the Rules

Ad campaign in Queensland building to national rallies to Change the Rules

The peak body for working people has launched a month-long advertising campaign calling on Queenslanders to join national action for change. Television and radio ads started yesterday in Queensland electorates, with regional rallies in October culminating in a major Brisbane ...
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Are we all prepared to pay the price for proper wages? (SMH)

Are we all prepared to pay the price for proper wages? (SMH)

"In a fragmented industry largely unencumbered by regulators or unions, there appears to be little fear of being caught out doing the wrong thing." ...
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Young women more likely to be exploited at work than men: report (Canberra Times)

Young women more likely to be exploited at work than men: report (Canberra Times)

Unions ACT have launched a report on the experiences of young women in the workplace, which finds young women were more likely than their male counterparts to be casual or underpaid at work. More than 200 young people were surveyed, ...
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Shocking stories of wage theft support QCU’s criminalisation call

Shocking stories of wage theft support QCU’s criminalisation call

Criminalising wage theft and creating an industrial division of the Magistrates Court are two of several measures recommended in the QCU’s submission to the Queensland Parliament’s inquiry into wage theft. Public hearings for the Inquiry begin today and the Queensland ...
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Unions say Longman voters reject Turnbull’s flawed plan

Unions say Longman voters reject Turnbull’s flawed plan

Queensland Unions say today’s byelection win to Labor’s Susan Lamb in Longman shows the LNP has lost the referendum on which priorities are important to Australians. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said Longman voters showed they wanted ...
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Unions say fund Longman schools and hospitals before giving billions to banks

Unions say fund Longman schools and hospitals before giving billions to banks

Unions will continue their focus on funding for schools and hospitals not billions for big business and the banks as the Longman by-election enters its final days. Workers and their families have been a central part of the combined union ...
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Young Workers Hub launches in Queensland to educate and support young workers

Young Workers Hub launches in Queensland to educate and support young workers

The Queensland Council of Unions has today launched an education, support and campaigning organisation for young workers. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said it was important to connect young people who may be having similar experiences at ...
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Unions welcome Shorten announcement on labour hire

Unions welcome Shorten announcement on labour hire

Unions have welcomed the announcement that if elected a Shorten Labor Government would introduce legislation to regulate labour hire. “For too long we have seen the business model being used where labour hire forces down labour costs at the workers’ ...
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Dodgy labour hire operators on notice from 15 June

Dodgy labour hire operators on notice from 15 June

Workers and unions have another weapon in the battle against underpayment and exploitation from tomorrow (15 June) when labour hire provider licences become mandatory in Queensland. From 15 June 2018, all labour hire providers in Queensland must be licensed or ...
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2018-19 State Budget is mixed bag for secure jobs in regions

2018-19 State Budget is mixed bag for secure jobs in regions

Queensland Unions have welcomed the 2018-19 State Budget for its continued focus on frontline services but say any public infrastructure funding must provide long-term benefits for regional communities. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan applauded record spending on ...
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Minimum wage boost is a step towards major goal of Change the Rules

Minimum wage boost is a step towards major goal of Change the Rules

Today’s announcement of a 3.5 per cent increase or $24.32 per week to the minimum wage will still leave some full-time workers struggling to put food on the table. A major goal of the union movement’s Change the Rules campaign ...
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Wage theft inquiry vote shows where LNP stands on worker rights

Wage theft inquiry vote shows where LNP stands on worker rights

Queensland Unions expect the recently announced parliamentary wage theft inquiry will be swamped by underpaid and ripped-off workers. State Parliament last night passed a motion for an inquiry into wage theft, with all LNP members voting against. It will report ...
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“Change the Rules” echoes across state as unions rally for Labour Day

“Change the Rules” echoes across state as unions rally for Labour Day

Chants of “Change the Rules” echoed throughout Queensland over the Labour Day weekend as union and community members joined hundreds of thousands of other Australians in a national campaign for better wages, secure jobs, enforceable workplace rights and making sure ...
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Why do unions march on Labour Day? (Brisbane Times)

Why do unions march on Labour Day? (Brisbane Times)

Why march on Labour Day? What is the point? Why take to the streets with thousands of other Queenslanders and demand to change the rules? It’s about returning the “fair go” to Australia. Profits for big business are going up and ...
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Unions seek tougher workplace safety laws on Workers’ Memorial Day

Unions seek tougher workplace safety laws on Workers’ Memorial Day

Unions will use Workers’ Memorial Day to renew calls to scrap the Australian Building and Construction Commission and replace it with national legislation based on Queensland’s health and safety laws. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said workplace ...
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Profits should never come before lives

Profits should never come before lives

This opinion piece appeared in the Brisbane Times on Thursday, 26 April under the heading "Too many workers are killed on the job in Australia" ... By Ros McLennan, General Secretary, Queensland Council of Unions A fundamental right we all ...
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Change The Rules moves into next phase

Change The Rules moves into next phase

Queensland unions will use the state’s Labour Day celebrations to push ahead with a national campaign to change the rules and give working Australians more secure jobs and fair pay rises. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said ...
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Changing the Rules for a better life for working women

Changing the Rules for a better life for working women

Changing the rules around work for women continues to be a major focus for Queensland unions. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan says International Women’s Day today (8 March) is an opportunity to highlight how the work-life collision ...
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The Eureka flag ban proves the system is broken

The Eureka flag ban proves the system is broken

This article has been published on the New Daily website - you can view it here: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/02/20/eureka-flag-ban/ --- It’s a poor return on investment when the brightest idea your well-paid construction watchdog executives can produce to improve workplace safety is a ...
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Questions already over new LNP leader’s economic credentials

Questions already over new LNP leader’s economic credentials

Queensland Unions have questioned the economic credentials of new LNP leader Deb Frecklington after her recent comments about jobless rates during the Bjelke-Petersen government years. Queensland Council of Unions Assistant General Secretary Michael Clifford said Frecklington falls for the same ...
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Queensland voters opt for stability and certainty over chaos

Queensland voters opt for stability and certainty over chaos

Queenslanders have shown their support for a government that has created jobs, restored frontline services and retained public assets over an unstable and chaotic LNP/One Nation Coalition government with a cut, sack and sell agenda, says Queensland Council of Unions ...
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Queensland Unions urge voters to “Put One Nation Last”

Queensland Unions urge voters to “Put One Nation Last”

Queensland Unions’ field campaign is in full swing, in the final sprint to the state election on 25 November. Dedicated target seat coordinators are on the ground, working with a strong network of union members and community supporters, as the ...
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Queensland’s choice: jobs & public assets, or cut, sack & sell

Queensland’s choice: jobs & public assets, or cut, sack & sell

Unions say this state election is a choice between a government creating jobs, restoring frontline services and business confidence without selling off public assets - or a recycled LNP leader with an agenda to cut, sack and sell. Queensland Council ...
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Renewable energy needs to inspire its workers with a future

Renewable energy needs to inspire its workers with a future

Queensland unions say investment in renewables should occur but must also guarantee good, secure jobs if it is to provide long-lasting benefits to the state. Queensland Council of Unions Assistant General Secretary Michael Clifford today told a major summit that ...
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Unions applaud passing of new law of industrial manslaughter

Unions applaud passing of new law of industrial manslaughter

Queensland unions say the new offence of industrial manslaughter passed today through Parliament will be a deterrent to make sure that companies don’t cut corners and put profits ahead of people. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said ...
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Federal Court decision sparks wage cut fears for Queensland workers

Federal Court decision sparks wage cut fears for Queensland workers

Hundreds of thousands of Queensland workers are fearful they’re next for a wage cut after today’s Federal Court decision not to overturn the Fair Work Commission’s to cut weekend and public holiday penalty rates. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary ...
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Nicholls ‘Buy Local’ will crash tackle regional wages and conditions

Nicholls ‘Buy Local’ will crash tackle regional wages and conditions

Tim Nicholls and the LNP’s attempt to match Labor’s Buy Queensland policy will replay the disastrous unemployment scoreboard from the days of the Campbell Newman government. Queensland Council of Unions Assistant Secretary Michael Clifford said the Nicholls’ gameplan to give ...
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Queensland now first state with labour hire laws to clean up industry

Queensland now first state with labour hire laws to clean up industry

Queensland is now the first Australian state with mandatory licensing for labour hire operators after union-backed laws passed State Parliament today. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said regulating the labour hire industry was necessary to stamp out ...
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Unions vow to stand up (again) to keep baby Asha safe

Unions vow to stand up (again) to keep baby Asha safe

Queensland unions say the federal Turnbull LNP government’s latest attack on asylum seekers is a desperate tactic to distract from its self-inflicted wounds. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the union movement stood against the Turnbull government ...
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Australia is a nation of working carers, new study finds

Australia is a nation of working carers, new study finds

Queensland Unions are joining an Australia-wide campaign to improve the lives of employees juggling work with caring and parenting responsibilities. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) today released survey results showing 85 per cent of working Australians also have ...
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Unions support new offence of industrial manslaughter

Unions support new offence of industrial manslaughter

Queensland unions have welcomed the state government’s move to create the new offence of industrial manslaughter to deter negligent employers who operate unsafe workplaces. The new offence is one of 58 recommendations from a wide-ranging review into workplace deaths, to ...
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Unions urge members to check roll and tick yes in marriage poll

Unions urge members to check roll and tick yes in marriage poll

Queensland Unions are urging members to check their enrolment and to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming marriage equality postal survey. Rolls close on 24 August and unions want to make sure that all those who want to have their say ...
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Queensland Unions will fight election campaign on secure jobs

Queensland Unions will fight election campaign on secure jobs

Queensland unions will fight on the battleground of secure jobs after statewide workers’ forums endorsed this election campaign focus at a final Congress meeting in Brisbane today. Union members, delegates and leaders identified job creation and insecure employment in regional ...
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Unions slam Aurizon decision to abandon regional Qld workers

Unions slam Aurizon decision to abandon regional Qld workers

Queensland unions have slammed rail operator Aurizon for abandoning regional Queensland workers after its announcement of 300 job losses at facilities throughout central and northern Queensland ...
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Queensland unions welcome move to safer workplaces

Queensland unions welcome move to safer workplaces

Queensland unions have welcomed a state government proposal to introduce an offence of “negligence causing death” as part of a wide-ranging review into workplace deaths. See the government statement here. QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan said it would act as ...
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Queensland unions welcome move to safer workplaces

Queensland unions welcome move to safer workplaces

Queensland unions have welcomed a state government proposal to introduce an offence of “negligence causing death” as part of a wide-ranging review into workplace deaths ...
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Penalty rate cuts to hurt thousands of families in regional Queensland

Penalty rate cuts to hurt thousands of families in regional Queensland

Workers in regional Queensland will lose almost $150 million a year in disposable income a year due the Turnbull Government’s decision to support cutting penalty rates – according to new analysis by the McKell Institute released today ...
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On Labour Day, Unions welcome laws to clean up labour hire industry

On Labour Day, Unions welcome laws to clean up labour hire industry

Queensland unions have welcomed the announcement on Labour Day of state government plans to license labour hire firms. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan says regulating the labour hire industry is necessary to stamp out those rogue operators ...
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Thousands turn out for #EnoughisEnough rally to protect penalty rates, safety

Thousands turn out for #EnoughisEnough rally to protect penalty rates, safety

Thousands of workers and community members turned out at today’s national rally against the federal Coalition’s continuing attacks on workers. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said there was widespread anger over cuts to penalty rates and increasing ...
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'I rely on weekends to pay my bills': How taking away Sunday penalty rates will hurt workers (SMH)

‘I rely on weekends to pay my bills’: How taking away Sunday penalty rates will hurt workers (SMH)

Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan said the FWC decision was a "game changer" for industrial relations in Australia. "The independent umpire makes decisions based on the rules they are given," she said. "These rules are contained in ...
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Decision means pay cut for low paid workers

Decision means pay cut for low paid workers

The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to radically cut Sunday and public holiday pay will hurt more than 400,000 Queensland workers ...
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The apology you make when you ... really want to sell public assets

The apology you make when you … really want to sell public assets

The only thing voters learnt from Tim Nicholls’ apology today is that his sales pitch to sell public assets will be slicker, especially in regional Queensland, if he’s given another chance in government. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros ...
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Dirty Senate deal on building code to hit safety, jobs and training

Dirty Senate deal on building code to hit safety, jobs and training

The LNP’s backdoor deal today with Senate crossbenchers on a national building code will reduce safety, increase casual and insecure employment and mean fewer Queensland workers on local construction sites. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the ...
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Queensland workers need a pay rise, not a pay cut

Queensland workers need a pay rise, not a pay cut

Queensland Unions have welcomed the Labor Party’s firm commitment to protecting the wages of millions of workers who sacrifice their weekends for the benefit of our economy. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan today said employer groups have ...
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Toowoomba event honours Emma Miller, legend for working women

Toowoomba event honours Emma Miller, legend for working women

One hundred years after her death in Toowoomba, labour legend Emma Miller and her hat-pin are still making news in the Garden City. On Friday 20 January local union members will join with other prominent state and national labour movement ...
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Andrew Laming deserves an "F" for his remarks about teachers

Andrew Laming deserves an “F” for his remarks about teachers

Andrew Laming, the federal member for Bowman, was very quick to retreat after he posted this clanger on his Facebook page: Are teachers back at work this week, or are they 'lesson planning' from home? Let me know exactly. Following ...
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Turnbull protecting penalty rates would be a ‘Christmas miracle’

Turnbull protecting penalty rates would be a ‘Christmas miracle’

A promise to protect current penalty rates would be the most useful guarantee the Turnbull LNP government could give to Australian workers this Christmas ...
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Murdoch University's disgraceful move

Murdoch University’s disgraceful move

Western Australia's Murdoch University has applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the Enterprise Agreement with its staff so that it has the ability to return its workers to Award minimums in an unprecedented move more like the actions ...
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Unions make another push to expand DV leave before COAG

Unions make another push to expand DV leave before COAG

Unions today used a roundtable event to renew calls to expand minimum domestic violence leave provisions as Australia approaches the season when violent incidents increase. Today’s event wraps up 16 days of focused workplace activities to address the community scourge ...
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CUB dispute over!

CUB dispute over!

Queensland union members can feel proud of their role in supporting justice and fairness for the reinstated #CUB55 brewery workers, today invited back to work after 180 days off the job ...
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Aged Care Workers and Supporters ask for Blue Care to Be Fair

Aged Care Workers and Supporters ask for Blue Care to Be Fair

Hundreds of workers from Blue Care/Wesley Mission Brisbane - and their supporters – stage a rally in the centre of Brisbane today to demand respect for their work and the end to the squeeze on their wages, time and work/life ...
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Workers and their unions instrumental in improved state IR laws

Workers and their unions instrumental in improved state IR laws

Queensland’s workers and union members have been instrumental in the new laws passed overnight cleaning up the industrial relations chaos left by the Newman LNP government ...
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Joyce reveals his ignorance on regional meatworking jobs

Joyce reveals his ignorance on regional meatworking jobs

A government that prefers to use and abuse an itinerant workforce of temporary work visa holders rather than create conditions for sustainable, decent, well-paying jobs for workers in regional Australia ...
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Senators must know why workplace safety is first priority for unions and members

Senators must know why workplace safety is first priority for unions and members

Australians remain sceptical about federal government motivations to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission despite the Coalition’s almost daily calls in Parliament and the media ...
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Frequently Asked Questions about the ABCC

Frequently Asked Questions about the ABCC

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (the ABCC) was a watchdog over the construction industry set up by the Howard government in 2005. It monitored the sector and enforced civil workplace laws such as restrictions on unlawful industrial action and ...
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Federal government must take action to stop the exploitation of foreign workers

Federal government must take action to stop the exploitation of foreign workers

The systemic, endemic and rife exploitation of foreign workers in Australia is continuing unabated, despite combined efforts by journalists and unions to shine a light on the nefarious practices of some businesses and labour-hire companies ...
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Unions push for nation to follow Qld company’s domestic violence stance

Unions push for nation to follow Qld company’s domestic violence stance

Queensland unions congratulate and highlight a major Queensland company’s efforts in a national campaign to enshrine minimum family and domestic leave entitlements into national employment standards ...
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10-day Caltex Strike a success for NUW members

10-day Caltex Strike a success for NUW members

Caltex members, who had taken indefinite industrial action at the company’s lubricants facility in Lytton, Queensland, have won a deal that will see changes to their salary including a reduction in hours worked, annual wage increases and increased penalties ...
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PPL changes hit vulnerable young families

PPL changes hit vulnerable young families

The federal Coalition can expect a major community campaign for putting tax cuts for millionaires and corporations ahead of paid parental leave for young families, Queensland unions say ...
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State government should follow SA lead on labour hire licensing

State government should follow SA lead on labour hire licensing

Queensland unions want the State Government to follow South Australia’s lead and introduce licensing of labour hire firms ...
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Rally highlights need for inquiry into corporate attack on wages and conditions

Rally highlights need for inquiry into corporate attack on wages and conditions

Concerns over a concerted corporate strategy to erode workers’ wages and conditions sparked yesterday’s thousand-strong community march to Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) headquarters in Fortitude Valley ...
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It's Time For Equal Pay for Early Educators

It’s Time For Equal Pay for Early Educators

Early childhood educators are some of the lowest paid professionals in Australia. Why? Because 95% of us are women. So with Equal Pay Day just around the corner, we recorded the above message, calling on Malcolm Turnbull to fix this by ...
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IR silence will drive voters to put the LNP last

IR silence will drive voters to put the LNP last

Malcolm Turnbull’s silence on Productivity Commission recommendations to cut penalty rates and introduce enterprise contracts will drive more Queenslanders to put the LNP last in tomorrow’s federal election. Queensland unions say the federal Coalition – despite calling the election on ...
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Apprentice numbers plummet under LNP

Apprentice numbers plummet under LNP

The Abbott/Turnbull Government has ripped funding out of apprenticeship programs, skills training and TAFE – more than $1 billion from apprenticeships alone since taking office. The resulting catastrophic drop in the number of apprentices learning their trade stands as a ...
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