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ACTU boycotts royal commission

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Anna Patty The ACTU has boycotted a policy review by the royal commission into trade unions, saying it is too rushed and "piecemeal".

ACTU to seek rise in minimum wages as home ownership becomes a pipedream

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Anna Patty Home ownership is beyond the reach of an estimated 1.5 million Australians because the growth in house prices has outstripped the rise in minimum wage more than twofold, unions say.

ACTU wants action as workplace violence predicted to affect one in four employees

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Rachel Browne Up to one in four people will suffer violence in their workplace during the course of their career, with the direct cost running into millions of dollars a year in Australia.

ACTU defends own job axings

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Ben Schneiders The ACTU joins the ranks of corporate Australia by moving to axe nearly 20 per cent of its staff.

ACTU pushes for flexibility for carers

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Lenore Taylor ALL workers who care for children, elderly parents or incapacitated partners would have the right to ask their employer for flexible hours and to seek arbitration if they were refused under changes...

ACTU push for $30 a week minimum pay rise

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Ben Schneiders Unions will push for a substantial pay rise for lowest paid workers in what is likely to be last minimum wage claim under current Labor government.

ACTU urges $30-a-week rise for lowest paid

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Clay Lucas More than a million low-paid Australians who depend on the nation's award system to set their wages should get a 79 cents-an-hour wage rise, the ACTU has told the national industrial relations...

ACTU ads put rights on poll radar

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Clay Lucas The ACTU will launch a multimillion-dollar television ad campaign during Wednesday night's state-of-origin rugby league clash.

ACTU tries to flush out Abbott on IR plans

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Clay Lucas ACTU president attacked the lack of industrial relations policies outlined by Tony Abbott.

ACTU defends 'normal' waterfront dispute

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Waterfront strikes on Australia's eastern seaboard will extend to Fremantle tomorrow in what the ACTU says is a "normal" dispute over pay and conditions.

Gillard courts ACTU bosses

Kirsty Needham and Ben Schneiders JULIA GILLARD has sought to quell an increasingly restless union movement, becoming the first prime minister in a decade to attend a meeting of the ACTU executive.

ACTU shifts from Labor to seek help from Greens, independents

Kirsty Needham The ACTU president, Ged Kearney, has cast the organisation as an independent voice that will seek support from any political party in the new environment of minority government where ''so much public...

ACTU secretary being pressed by unions to stand aside

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Richard Willingham, Michelle Grattan THE Australian Council of Trade Unions, the country's top union body, is poised to get a new national secretary with Jeff Lawrence to stand down under pressure from senior union bosses.

ACTU blasts business campaign

ACTU president Ged Kearney has slammed the ''self-interest'' of business and corporate interests, vowing to fight any return by the Coalition to individual workplace agreements.

ACTU to seek minimum wage of $660

ACTU President, Ged Kearney?

Clay Lucas THE ACTU will begin a push next week to increase the minimum wage by 12 per cent and secure better protection for those who become union delegates in their workplace.

ACTU vows to clean up image

By Miles Godfrey, Stephen Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard and union leaders have promised ACTU conference delegates they will rescue Australia's shrinking, scandal-ridden trade union movement by enforcing zero tolerance for...

ACTU moves on union governance

Clay Lucas A new panel set up by the ACTU and led by a retired Federal Court judge will help unions avoid serious governance scandals such as those engulfing the Health Services Union.

ACTU pushes to increase base wage

The ACTU has urged the national industrial relations watchdog to reject any push by employers to offset a decent pay rise for low-paid workers.

Australia's unions warned to get paperwork in order for royal commission

Anna Patty Australia's peak union body has warned its affiliates to be prepared to provide documents at short notice showing any payments they have made to officials, relatives or political campaigns.

Kylie Minogue dancers drama points to worker exploitation

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Anna Patty When dancers were asked to perform with Kylie Minogue at the Logie Awards for $100, there was an outcry across the globe.