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Australian Council of Trade Unions

Unions Slam 'Intern' Workers To Be Used In Automotive Industry

Huffington Post Australia - ‎18 hours ago‎
"The ACTU is appalled that the Government continues to spruik its discredited and potentially illegal PaTH $4 an hour worker scheme, this time suggesting it could displace apprenticeships in South Australia's automotive industry," the ACTU said in a ...

New union campaign bigger than WorkChoices fight

The Australian Financial Review - ‎13 hours ago‎
More than 40,000 undecided voters in crucial marginal electorates will be contacted by union volunteers either through door-knocking or the telephone, Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver said of the campaign modelled on successful ...
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Minimum wage lift means pay rise looms for almost 2 million

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎20 hours ago‎
Citing "flat-lining" wages and growing inequality, the union movement is pressing the Fair Work Commission panel to boost the minimum wage by $30 a week, to $18.07 an hour.
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Adversarial industrial relations model doesn't work, says business chief

The Guardian - ‎13 hours ago‎
... collaboratively with the trade union movement in a bid to boost Australia's flagging productivity, saying the country must pull itself out of its competitive slump.

Coalition plan to fund automotive industry internships for jobless youth

Herald Sun - ‎May 30, 2016‎
The Australian Council on Trade Unions called it a “worker exploitation scheme”, and said businesses would access a “pool of free labour” instead of employing a worker on the minimum wage.

Business, tech leaders slam high cost of business

The Australian Financial Review - ‎13 hours ago‎
Despite some recent improvement in the relative living standards of minimum-wage-reliant employees, the commission said the relative position of low-paid workers has deteriorated during the past decade.
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Federal election 2016: Swan fires up 'ridiculous' class warfare talk

The Australian - ‎7 hours ago‎
Dr Henry, who headed a review of the tax system for Mr Swan, told the 2011 tax summit that while there was a long way to go before business and unions reached agreement on reform, there was a consensus among public finance analysts that company taxes ...

Federal election 2016: political leadership lacking

The Australian - ‎May 30, 2016‎
Their response has been to shoot the messenger rather than engage with the message, as they have done with the moderate reformist views of Martin Ferguson, former Labor minister and Australian Council of Trade Unions president. The resulting stand-off ...
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Julie Bishop 'gotcha' exposes super pain

The New Daily - ‎9 hours ago‎
Any downward trend will sap public confidence and have a political impact 32 days out from polling day. The Fair Work Commission's 2.4 per cent approved increase in the minimum wage, while not what the Australian Council of Trade Unions wanted, will be ...
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Australian election 2016: Credlin says Abbott leadership claims are 'absolute rubbish' – politics live

The Guardian - ‎1 hour ago‎
Former PM's chief of staff hits back at Barnaby Joyce's claims that Tony Abbott is eyeing a comeback, the opposition leader will pledge $100m to the creation of 10 community renewable energy 'power hubs', while the prime minister is in again focusing ...

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

The Conversation AU - ‎1 hour ago‎
... for cuts to penalty rates elsewhere. The commission president's request for submissions on whether some employees should be given a right to refuse to work on Sundays, perhaps as a trade-off, has added to the confidence of the former group of tea ...

Spotless airs dirty laundry

The Australian - ‎May 30, 2016‎
Spotless - which is now run by Martin Sheppard after Bruce Dixon resigned following one of 2015's worst received earnings updates - told the market the company was stumped to explain the recent sharp trading movements. It added that earnings for the ...
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Federal election 2016: ALP ramps up its war on business

The Australian - ‎May 30, 2016‎
Former Business Council of Australia president Graham Bradley warned that Labor's recent policies gave few in business confidence the party had learned its lesson from the mining and carbon tax “debacles”.
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Union fronts for McDonald's in pay, penalties row

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎May 20, 2016‎
Pressed for his view, Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver said he understood the SDA/McDonald's agreement had been struck according to an enterprise bargaining system that allows employers and unions to negotiate on pay and ...

FTAs: Goldmines or economic health hazards?

INTHEBLACK - ‎May 30, 2016‎
Harcourt is the author of Trading Places, a book aimed at helping Australian companies understand the global environment. He has worked as an economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Australia's national ...
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Do calls for a cap on live exports stack up?

Queensland Country Life - ‎May 30, 2016‎
Live cattle trade costs jobs in Australia's processing industry, meatworkers say. CALLS for a cap on live cattle exports ... “For every additional head of cattle loaded onto ships bound for foreign markets more local jobs are lost,” said Grant Courtney ...
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The Coalition and the ALP answer our election policy questions

Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council - ‎15 hours ago‎
The questions - designed to focus on political issues of special concern to the Australian Jewish community - deal with matters including Israel and the peace process, communal education, counter-terrorism and communal security, the Iranian nuclear ...
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Strong signal as Labor pledge 90% steel use: photos, video

Illawarra Mercury - ‎May 29, 2016‎
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said Labor's plan to mandate Australian steel use would increase costs and breach the terms of the country's trade agreements. “While the policy ... They were the words South Coast Labour ...
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Brexit: A long, complicated divorce

The West Australian - ‎May 28, 2016‎
"It is... probable that it would take an extended period to negotiate first our exit from the EU, secondly our future arrangements with the EU, and thirdly our trade deals with countries outside of the EU, on any terms that would be acceptable to the ...
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Anthony Albanese warns Liberal party not to preference the Greens

The Guardian - ‎May 28, 2016‎
As a representative of the Fire Brigade Employees' Union, Casey said at the time he would like to see Tony Abbott returned as prime minister, with a labour movement that was growing, with an anti-war movement that was disrupting things in the streets ...