General

13
Feb

Passage of economic stimulus good for jobs and working Australians

The passage of the $42 billion economic stimulus package through Parliament is good for jobs and good for working Australians. ACTU President Sharan Burrow said the package was urgently needed to boost demand and confidence in our economy and is strongly supported by workers, business and mainstream economists. “As a nation, we must do everything we can to save jobs

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11
Feb

Union bushfire emergency response

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has expressed its sadness and condolences at the devastation caused by the weekend fires in Victoria, including the tragic loss of more than 170 lives. Several Union members have lost their homes and many thousands are affected. Unions have pledged $250,000 and are asking other Union members and supporters to donate to the Red

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19
Jul

Deputy PM questions Telstra’s actions

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has questioned Telstra’s decision to pull out of EA talks with the unions – and also questioned Telstra’s claim that their tender for the NBN project might be affected by a collective agreement.  “The National Code and Guidelines for the Construction Industry do not in any way prevent a company subject to their operation

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7
Jul

Opposition moves to delay broadband rollout

In a move designed to delay further the roll-out of a national broadband network (NBN), the Federal Opposition has set up a Senate Committee to inquire into Labor’s nation building project. The Opposition has used its current numbers in the Senate – due to change at the end of this month – to set up a Senate Select Committee which

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13
Jun

Pay commissioner pockets 53% pay rise over two years: workers hope for the same

A decision by the Remuneration Tribunal to give public office holders a 4.3% pay rise from 1 July 2008 sets the benchmark for what low paid working Australians should at least expect from the forthcoming Fair Pay Commission minimum wage case decision says the ACTU. The latest decision of the Remuneration Tribunal will add more than $5,000 a year to

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28
May

ACT & Region sub-branch reinvigorated

Thanks for the interest and dedication of CEPU members in the region, the CEPU is proud to notify members of the re-invigoration of the ACT and Region sub branch. This re-invigoration was only possible with the interest and dedication of CEPU members in the region. The CEPU is proud to announce the election of the following Sub Branch officials: Mark

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14
May

Back in the gate: 10 years on! MUA here to stay family fun day

The Sydney Branch of the MUA invites all it’s CEPU friends and comrades and their families who assisted on the picket lines to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the return to work of Patrick workers with a free family carnival day with rides, activities, live music and food. Above: Branch Secretary Jim Metcher with then Branch Official, Ed Husic,

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13
May

Budget is a good step towards undoing the damage of WorkChoices

The 2008 Federal Budget is a good step towards undoing the damage of Work Choices and relieving the pressure on working Australians and their families.ACTU President Sharan Burrow said: “This Budget signals a clear break with the past and an end to the waste for the well-off and lazy neglect that marked the previous Liberal Government’s management of the Australian

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3
May

Power to the people

Premier Morris Iemma today fled from the state Labor conference, just hours before a plan to privatise the state’s power industry was overwhelmingly rejected by party delegates. By a vote of 702 to 107, party delegates, including CEPU delegates, voted overwhelmingly to oppose the sell-off, pushing the Iemma Government into an ongoing conflict with ALP affiliated trade Unions and ALP

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