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Early Christmas present for millions as a significant parts of the Closing Loopholes Bill passes

Today's labour news

Early Christmas present for millions as a significant parts of the Closing Loopholes Bill passes 2023-12-09 [ACTU]

‘It messed me up’: why Jasmin joined the McDonald’s class action 2023-12-09 [The Morning Herald]

Virgin strike still a threat as talks fail 2023-12-09 [Sky]

McDonalds Australia hit with lawsuit for allegedly underpayment staff 2023-12-08 [Stuff]

New South Wales Government launches six-month campaign on silica dust exposure among construction workers 2023-12-08 [Sky]

The West Australian's Bizarre IR Attack 2023-12-08 [No Fibs]

Australian Capital Territory Unions representing ACT Health workers call for one-off cost of living payment 2023-12-08 [Riotact]

‘Workplace hero’ Theo, who won court against Qantas, made Australia home as a Greek migrant 2023-12-08 [Neos Kosmos]

Western Australia Maritime workers overwhelmingly back rolling strike action, bans against BAE Systems in pay feud 2023-12-08 [The West Australian]

Bowen Basin coal bosses will not be pursued for dead worker 2023-12-07 [Mine Safety]

EnergyConnect transmission line workers left in unsafe conditions without toilets, water, union alleges 2023-12-07 [ABC]

McDonald’s hit with $100m class action for allegedly asking staff to work for free 2023-12-07 [The Morning Herald]

Union-win in Australia with legislation on contract workers 2023-12-07 [IndustriALL]

CWU posties secure improved services and job security as Federal Government announces significant reform 2023-12-06 [CWU]

Retail profits up 25.6% whilst Aussies do it tough 2023-12-06 [ACTU]

Power to Prevent Coalition Media Release 2023-12-06 [ACTU]

ACTU welcomes review into the Your Future, Your Super performance test to improve workers’ retirement outcomes 2023-12-06 [ACTU]

Working people are paying less for essential services thanks to the Albanese government 2023-12-06 [ACTU]

Australian Capital Territory Health Professionals Seek Cost-of-Living Relief Pre-Xmas 2023-12-06 [CPSU/PA/HSU]

DEWR contact centre staff call out poor conditions 2023-12-06 [The Mandarin]

Woolworths sued over alleged lost wages that turned workers' lives 'upside down' 2023-12-06 [Yahoo]

Victoria School cleaners in Victoria face jobless new year after contract shake-up 2023-12-06 [The Guardian]

Queensland Workers, advocates rally in Brisbane in push to decriminalise sex work in Queensland 2023-12-06 [ABC]

Electrical Trades Union flags major safety breaches at Project EnergyConnect 2023-12-06 [The Australian]

Western Australia Maritime Union Australia’s WA members cast votes on motion to join sparkies in BAE industrial action 2023-12-06 [The West Australian]

University workers lose $159m in stolen wages 2023-12-05 [The Advocate]

RAFFWU sues Woolworths over attack on 1400 overnight workers 2023-12-05 [RAFFWU]

Employees take KFC to court over rest breaks 2023-12-05 []

Virgin Australia Cabin Crew Vote For Strike Action, Which Could Cause Christmas Chaos 2023-12-05 [Network 10]

Flight delays loom as Virgin Australia crew threaten to strike 2023-12-05 [1 News]

Cabin crew call Virgin back to negotiations with overwhelming vote to pursue protected industrial action 2023-12-04 [TWU]

Victoria V/Line workers to strike next Wednesday, train disruptions expected 2023-12-04 [The Age]

Virgin Australia cabin crew call for 24 hour stoppage 2023-12-04 [Travel]

Victoria Ikon’s issues on full display as Melbourne airport cleaners rally 2023-12-02 [UWU]

Western Australia Solidarity Research for Union Renewal 2023-12-02 [UnionsWA]

AIPA’s Submission for Aviation Green Paper 2023-12-02 [AIPA]

Commemorating Thirty Years of the RTBU 2023-12-02 [RTBU]

A Union that Moves Mountains 2023-12-02 [RTBU]

Scarlet Alliance rejects call to ban new strip clubs 2023-12-02 [The Scarlet Alliance]

Report recommends Commonwealth Employment Services system 2023-12-02 [CPSU]

Unions Have Won New Protections to Stop Sexual Harassment and Discrimination 2023-12-02 [ASU]

Missed opportunity in Collie will have dire consequences 2023-12-01 [MEU]

‘Brand new union’: Mining and Energy Union celebrates first day of independence 2023-12-01 [MEU]

‘New union’ emerges on mining and energy scene 2023-12-01 [Mining Weekly]

New South Wales Pay dispute between paramedics and NSW government threatens to disrupt New Year’s Eve ambulance services 2023-12-01 [The Guardian]

Global Health and safety on the job discussed at international conference 2023-12-01 [Green Left Weekly]

CPSU members agree to 11.2% APS pay deal 2023-11-30 [The Mandarin]

Broken employment services system needs public provider, parliamentary review finds 2023-11-30 [The Guardian]

Palestine Trade Unionists for Palestine are blocking Israeli ships at Melbourne and Sydney ports 2023-11-30 [Real News Network]

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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]