Bob Hawke

  • 14 June 2019

Bob Hawke's memorial service reminded all of us what is achievable with vision, determination and cooperation.  Bob was this person who raised the aspirations of our nation, got us to set bigger objectives and bigger tasks but provided us with the inspiration to achieve them.  Education, the Environment, Social Welfare, Medicare, a new National Anthem, Nelson Mandela, Tiananmen Square, a Treaty with the first Australians, and of course Hawke's famous "any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum" comment following Australia II winning the America's Cup will stay with us all. 

Stop the S.A. Transport Sell-Off

  • 30 May 2019

How much more can the South Australian government cut back and sell off?  Last week, news came through that Steven Marshall and Rob Lucas have our trains and trams in their sights.  With the cost of a single trip train ticket at $5.50 for a short journey into the city, you have to wonder how much more it will cost if the state government sells our public rail transport system to a for-profit multinational.

False Economies

  • 27 May 2019

Budget-cutting political leaders regularly target the jobs and incomes of public sector workers as the first and most politically convenient target of their austerity measures.

Fears 1500 Jobs will be lost

  • 23 May 2019

About 1500 jobs will be slashed from the public service to pay for $450 million in savings announced in the State Budget.  "Any jobs that could have been cut have already been cut," CPSU Secretary Tom Lynch said.  "I've no idea how Treasurer Peter Gutwein thinks that agencies that already are under stress are going to run with 1500 fewer people.  "It makes less sense than any budget I've ever seen. "Public servants were worried that if they asked for more than two per cent in bargaining there would be job cuts."  "Well now they're getting job cuts and a pay cut too."

Let's Change the Rules this Year

  • 25 February 2019

A big year looms because this is the year, we come together, to Change the Government, and Change the Rules.  Australian workers are ruled by laws which have destroyed job security and left us struggling to pay the bills.  The balance of power in workplaces has shifted too far away from workers.  Once the promise of living in Australia was that each generation would pass on something better to the next.  Better healthcare.  Better education.

On Fairness by Sally McManus

  • 8 February 2019

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus’s new book On Fairness outlines the way in which Australia has lost its way and is no longer living up to its promise as the land of the fair go.  Sally tackles the subject of fairness in Australia and what we need to do to ensure that future generations have all the opportunities they should expect.

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