Rushed Medicare changes to cost patients

Rushed Medicare changes to cost patients

The federal government will introduce a significant overhaul to Medicare rebates from 1 July and expose Australians to unexpected out-of-pocket medical costs. In the biggest shake-up to Medicare in a decade, more than 900 changes will be made to the Medicare Benefits...
Members fight back against insecure work

Members fight back against insecure work

IEU-QNT members are continuing the fight against the insidious nature of insecure work by taking action to prevent the misuse of fixed-term contracts in their workplaces. It comes as The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) called for Australia to commit to...
National recognition for workers’ mental health

National recognition for workers’ mental health

Workers’ mental health has received historic recognition, following a move to regulate psychosocial hazards under national workplace health and safety (WHS) laws. The decision from state and federal WHS ministers to support federal regulation will enshrine a legal...
Workers’ rights on the menu

Workers’ rights on the menu

Menulog’s decision to classify workers as employees rather than independent contractors on a trial basis has been welcomed by the union movement. The food delivery company’s trial will see couriers in the Sydney CBD paid minimum wage rates rather than ‘piece’ rates,...
Member action prevents WorkChoices 2.0

Member action prevents WorkChoices 2.0

The determination and activism of union members across Australia has forced the federal government to abandon many of the worst aspects of the dangerous IR Omnibus Bill. A substantially reduced version of the Bill passed through the Senate last week (exact date),...
Government abandons workers on wage theft

Government abandons workers on wage theft

The federal government’s controversial Omnibus Industrial Relations (IR) Bill has passed through the Senate with significant amendments. The government was forced to remove most of the Bill to avoid defeat in the Senate. Some of the most controversial elements of the...
IWD 2021: a reality check on progress

IWD 2021: a reality check on progress

A report released today by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reinforces the serious issues faced by working women which must be urgently addressed by the federal government. Among the issues detailed in the report are increasing job and financial...
Sexual harassment must stop

Sexual harassment must stop

Prevalence of sexual harassment remains high as members continue to report abuse and harassment suffered at work. IEU Organiser and Equity Committee member Caryl Rosser said the sobering statics were a stark reminder of work that still needs to be done within the...
Morrison govt IR Bill to cut pay and conditions

Morrison govt IR Bill to cut pay and conditions

An omnibus industrial relations (IR) Bill proposed by the Morrison government will allow employers to cut wages and conditions. The Bill, to be introduced in parliament today, will allow the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to approve agreements that do not meet the better...