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Relatives of workers killed on the job speak in Canberra to push for nation-wide industrial manslaughter laws [ACTU] 2020-12-04

Shameful superfood: the hidden cost of Australia’s blueberry bonanza [AWU] 2020-12-04

Union push to improve delivery riders’ pay and conditions after five deaths in two months [The Guardian] 2020-12-02

Aged care funding papers over chronic problems [ACTU] 2020-12-01

Australian unions join a global day of action to stop trade union repression in the Philippines [ACTU] 2020-11-30

Employers must step up to close gender pay gap [ACTU] 2020-11-27

Australian workers and unions join global Amazon protests as report highlights worker abuses [TWU/SDA] 2020-11-27

Union calls for increased public education funding to reduce ‘vast inequities’ in sector [Education International] 2020-11-27

Berry and citrus farms most at risk of having slave-like working conditions, Woolworths modern slavery report finds [ABC] 2020-11-26

A new Oxfam report slams major retailers in Australia for dodgy buying practices which keep wages low for manufacturing workers. Here are the worst offenders. [Business Insider] 2020-11-25

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Today's labour news


ACTU briefs Super Trustees Forum on campaign against attacks on super 2020-12-04 [ACTU]

Greenfield agreements will not be supported if workers lose rights 2020-12-04 [ACTU]

Relatives of workers killed on the job speak in Canberra to push for nation-wide industrial manslaughter laws 2020-12-04 [ACTU]

Retail Supply Chain Alliance report sets off calls for legislative changes across entire industry 2020-12-04 [AWU]

AWU push Graincorp for 12% pay increase 2020-12-04 [AWU]

Shameful superfood: the hidden cost of Australia’s blueberry bonanza 2020-12-04 [AWU]

Fruit pickers face ‘outrageous’ exploitation 2020-12-04 [Fresh Plaza]

Qantas ‘threw workers to the kerb’ 2020-12-03 [The Times]

Hrdlicka proves doubters wrong to seal union deal 2020-12-03 [Australian Aviation]

Virgin Australia workers asked to accept pay freeze, but promised their jobs won't be outsourced 2020-12-03 [ABC]

Unions draw battle lines in new workplace clash 2020-12-02 [The Times]

TWU vows to fight Qantas sacking of 2500 workers 2020-12-02 [Green Left Weekly]

Services Australia staff say performance targets negatively impact work 2020-12-02 [The Guardian]

Freedom lost: the generation coming of age in Australia's pandemic-fuelled recession 2020-12-02 [The Guardian]

Union push to improve delivery riders’ pay and conditions after five deaths in two months 2020-12-02 [The Guardian]

Queensland Essential services investments in state budget welcomed 2020-12-01 [UWU]

Queensland Sexual harassment, poor infection controls, understaffing – Workers’ extraordinary claims about unsafe practices in Queensland’s COVID testing clinics 2020-12-01 [UWU]

‘Dark day’ as Qantas rejects workers competitive bid for their jobs 2020-12-01 [TWU]

Qantas contractor Swissport seeks approval for dodgy DEA 2020-12-01 [TWU]

Wage justice for junior workers – the SDA welcomes Fair Work Commission decision 2020-12-01 [SDA]

New South Wales NTEU shocked at finding of no academic freedom rights 2020-12-01 [NTEU]

New South Wales The Crown Casino: A thriving project 2020-12-01 [ETU]

Justice delayed for mineworkers unlawfully employed as casuals 2020-12-01 [CFMMEU]

Serious COVID, environmental and labour rights concerns plague Australian Antarctic Division replacement vessel 2020-12-01 [MUA]

Vale Tess Geraghty 2020-12-01 [MUA]

Qantas decides to outsource ramp, baggage and aircraft presentation 2020-12-01 [ASU]

The tide is turning 2020-12-01 [AEU]

Changes to responsible lending laws will be bad for finance workers 2020-12-01 [FSU]

Finance sector maintains shameful top position as the sector with the largest gender pay gap 2020-12-01 [FSU]

Aged care funding papers over chronic problems 2020-12-01 [ACTU]

Maritime union says Antarctic jobs being taken from Aussie sailors 2020-12-01 [The Australian]

Hospitality Workers Aren’t “Entitled” — They Just Know How Much Their Work Is Worth 2020-12-01 [Jacobin]

GrainCorp in bitter row with union 2020-12-01 [Farm Weekly]

Western Australia Jobs for Women film proves a hit in Perth 2020-11-30 [Green Left Weekly]

Serious COVID, environmental and labour rights concerns plague Australian Antarctic Division replacement vessel 2020-11-30 [MUA]

Renewable Energy: Sharing The Benefits With Workers 2020-11-30 [Solar Quotes]

Australian unions join a global day of action to stop trade union repression in the Philippines 2020-11-30 [ACTU]

Renewable energy sector can create tens of thousands of secure jobs 2020-11-30 [ACTU]

Andrew Bragg leads charge on superannuation reform, admitting he was wrong on banking royal commission and FOFA laws 2020-11-29 [ABC]

Delivery riders’ deaths put spotlight on the insecurity of working in the gig economy 2020-11-29 [The New Daily]

Court rejects Qantas workers bid for sick leave 2020-11-27 [ACTU]

Employers must step up to close gender pay gap 2020-11-27 [ACTU]

Unions warn of exploitation, dangerous practices in renewables sector 2020-11-27 [The Morning Herald]

Unions lose appeal to have Qantas pay sick leave to workers stood down due to coronavirus 2020-11-27 [ABC]

Australian workers and unions join global Amazon protests as report highlights worker abuses 2020-11-27 [TWU/SDA]

Union calls for increased public education funding to reduce ‘vast inequities’ in sector 2020-11-27 [Education International]

New South Wales Loophole leaves families of killed food delivery riders without compensation 2020-11-26 [News.com]

The family of a delivery rider who died on the job is calling for a gig economy overhaul 2020-11-26 [SBS]

New South Wales Metro Trains Sydney workers win back pay 2020-11-26 [Yahoo]

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This month in labour history


1-12-1948 The long ACTU-led campaign to win more time off for workers led to the imposition of the 40-hour work week and the 2-day weekend. [more]

15-12-1882 Tailoresses' Association of Melbourne, Australia's first women's trade union, established. [more]

17-12-1918 A march of members of the Australian Workers Union forces the resignation of the Administrator of the Northern Territory, John Gilruth. [more]

21-12-1916 The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) are outlawed. [more]

23-12-1928 An industrial court decides that timber workers must increase their weekly working hours from 44 to 48, a decision that sparks a 6 month long strike. [more]

29-12-1884 Edward Theodore, founder of Amalgamated Workers’ Assn & forerunner of Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), is born. [more]

31-12-1968 John Smith Garden, Australian trade unionist & founding member of Communist Party of Australia, dies. [more]