Cost of living is the massive issue

  • 5 May 2022

Wages are going backwards, cost for essentials are skyrocketing, job insecurity is at crisis levels, and corporate profits have increased. And all Scott Morrison says is that it's not his job.  In fact, he's hoping that voters will ignore the fact that both he and the Liberal-Nationals have been missing in action for the past nine years while things have gotten worse.  Working people in Australia needs a prime minister who doesn't go missing when things get tough. We need a government that will take real, concrete steps to help lift wages and address the cost of living crisis.

ACTU launches TV campaign commercials

  • 26 April 2022

The ACTU has launched a 30-second advertisement showing a couple worried about overdue bills who try to comfort each other, while their son struggles to do his homework in the family's living area.

"We're in a cost of living crisis," the narrator says.  "Under Scott Morrison, real wages have flat-lined and last year, for the average worker, real wages actually went backwards – over $800.  "But the cost of living is skyrocketing.

The Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise - NSW PSA

  • 5 April 2022

The Public Service Association is calling for a minimum raise of 3.6% for all NSW public sector workers, exclusive of superannuation, as part of its Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise campaign.  PSA NSW general secretary Stewart Little recently told Workplace Express that with "inflation running at 3.5%, the arbitrary 2.5% wage cap imposed by the NSW Government is now effectively a wage cut".  Little says the PSA has "fought against the cap

Donate now to Support People in Ukraine

  • 3 March 2022

People in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, families have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, and others are sheltering from bombs falling in major cities.  Normal working life has been forced to stop.

How trade unions are supporting Ukraine

The ITUC’s Ukrainian member organisations FPU and KVPU are providing support to families who desperately need assistance with:

The People of Tonga Need Our Help

  • 31 January 2022

On Saturday 15 January 2022, the neighbouring Pacific Island nation of Tonga was hit by a catastrophic volcanic eruption, with shock-waves felt around the globe.  The eruption was followed by a tsunami, furthering the scale of what is an unprecedented disaster.  One immediate impact was the communication blackout, with access to the internet and telecommunications being affected, posing complications for relief missions, and cutting Tonga off from the wider world.

Changes to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

  • 14 January 2022

Pandemic Leave Disaster payment is a payment available to workers who are required to self isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, or care for someone required to do so.  Eligibility criteria may vary slightly across states and territories. #1  The following changes to the Pandemic Leave Payment have been announced by the Federal Government.  The payment is now $750 for a 7-day period (which reflects current isolation and quarantine requirements). #2  A second application may be made if required to isolate or quarantine for longer