Respect@Work lite a failure for working women

Respect@Work lite a failure for working women

The federal government has missed a landmark opportunity to address workplace harassment following the passage of its watered-down Respect@Work legislation. The legislation formed part of the government’s response to the Human Rights Commission’s 2020 Respect@Work...
Federal agenda puts super futures at risk

Federal agenda puts super futures at risk

The Australian super system is, at its heart, an enduring victory for workers, something the current federal government has done its best to undermine. The current federal government’s controversial Your Super, Your Future bill, which passed the Senate in June of this...
Everyone should be safe at work

Everyone should be safe at work

All workers have a right to be safe at work, not just from physical injuries but also from work-related psychological injuries and poor mental health. Mental health continues to be the fastest growing challenge to the safety of working people in their workplaces...
Government presides over insecure work shame

Government presides over insecure work shame

Job security is intrinsically linked to workers’ wellbeing, yet the rate of secure employment continues to decline. Today, more than one in four Australian workers are in some form of insecure employment. This is a significant turnaround considering Australia used to...
Employers’ duty to protect staff from sexual harassment

Respect@Work lite leaves workers vulnerable

The federal government has missed a landmark opportunity to address workplace harassment following the passage of its watered-down Respect@Work legislation. The legislation formed part of the government’s response to the Human Rights Commission’s 2020 Respect@Work...
Major win for McCain workers

Major win for McCain workers

After facing two unlawful lockouts, McCain workers in Tasmania have secured a major win on their wages and conditions. The new in-principle agreement secured by members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) will see working conditions for factory...
Café 63 fined after serving up wage theft

Café 63 fined after serving up wage theft

Penalties of $170,000 have been imposed on the owners of Café 63 following an investigation into wage theft that included paying staff in food and drink.  The wage theft related to the underpayment of 33 employees in 2017 and 2018 – largely visa holders who were...
IEU members campaign for paid vaccination leave

IEU members campaign for paid vaccination leave

Australia’s perilously delayed COVID-19 vaccine rollout is placing significant pressure on schools and the wellbeing of students and staff. Our union believes all employees deserve access to paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination as part of a shared commitment to keeping...
Wage freeze looms for NT Catholic school members

Wage freeze looms for NT Catholic school members

IEU-QNT members employed in Northern Territory Catholic schools are outraged and concerned at the prospect of facing a wage freeze, which will have major financial implications for staff working in the sector. During a recent bargaining meeting to negotiate a...
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...