National Day of Action across the country

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On June 20, over 20,000 people - spearheaded by the building industry unions - marched the streets of Melbourne to protest against the Coalition Federal government's implementation of the ABCC, refusal to protect penalty rates and their inability to prevent wage theft by employers.

ASU Branch Secretary Richard Duffy - part of a strong ASU contingent in Melbourne's march from Trades Hall - said that the Turnbull's war on workers has reached breaking point for many hard-working Australians.

"The massive turnout across Melbourne - and indeed the entire country - again highlights just how out of touch the Federal Liberal government is with working Australians. The Fair Work Commission's announcement earlier this year to slash Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers was seemingly backed up by the Turnbull government, and a decision to reintroduce the ABCC simply means a cut to wages, conditions and safety for construction workers across the country."

"We stand united with our fellow unions in making sure the Turnbull government knows that we are in for the long fight, ensuring the pay and conditions of Australian workers across all sectors truly reflect the work they undertake."

 

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City of Melbourne EBA

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After 16 months of negotiations, the Enterprise Agreement for staff at the City of Melbourne has been accepted by the majority of employees.

Secretary Richard Duffy said that while the final agreement isn't the outcome the union wanted for members, there were positives won in the long tussle with management.

“It was important to us to secure back pay and retain redundancy provisions and we achieved that. We are disappointed that the City of Melbourne will now have a classification structure that pays two employees doing the same job differently. And that’s the reality of what we’re fighting these days. Like the cuts to penalty rates some employers want to see our youth and new people coming through on worse pay and conditions than the rest of us.”

"Almost 50% voted to reject this agreement, so we understand that many employees will not be satisfied with the result. It takes fortitude to withstand such a protracted attack and we’d like to thank every member who took protected industrial action when called on. It speaks volumes of their character and integrity.”

As always, we will continue to fight for the best interests of our members and work to preserve, and better, the conditions City of Melbourne seem hell-bent on eradicating.

For further information contact ASU Organiser Ty Lockwood.

 

Thousands in unpaid wages resolved

 

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A Tasmanian ASU member has received a total of $9660 in unpaid wages after a protracted battle with her previous employer from Western Australia (who can’t be named due to legal requirements) due to the persistence of the ASU.

The member approached the us after moving from WA in late 2015, and negotiations around this matter have been continuing since with the Shire finally acknowledging the underpayment in April this year.

The underpayment occurred due to the non-payment of a shift allowance which is payable for working six or more days in a row, which this employee did regularly during her tenure at the Shire. The failure to pay this allowance in accordance with the enterprise agreement resulted in a large underpayment which would not have been recovered without the assistance of the ASU in the matter.

“The message I’d like to get out there is to make sure you always check your pay slips and make sure you’re getting the right pay each fortnight. If it’s wrong, get it followed up on as soon as possible to avoid finding yourself in these situations. It’s just as important to notify your employer if you receive more money than you’re entitled to so that you can avoid having to enter into a repayment plan with your employer to pay back any overpayment,” said Organiser Aaron De La Torre.

 

Let's celebrate May Day

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May Day is the International Day of Working People and working-class struggle. It commemorates the international struggle for eight-hour working day, first won right here in Victoria!

On Sunday May 7, the Victorian Trades Hall Council will come together to celebrate our victories and build strength for campaigns to come.

We'll be celebrating with a big, family-friendly May Day fair with activities for activist kids and activist adults!

Date: Sunday 7 May
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: Victorian Trades Hall, corner of Lygon St & Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053

More than a hundred and fifty years ago it was a group of stonemasons in Melbourne that stood up for an eight-hour day. Let’s come together and celebrate Victoria’s union movement.

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Banks aren't super campaign

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We're supporting a TV ad campaign about the big banks pressuring the Federal Government to change our super system.

The big banks are trying to get the government to dismantle the model of not-for-profit super funds that are run only to benefit their members, and don’t help generate profits for shareholders.

The big banks also want the government to remove protections in the Fair Work system which provide employers with a list of quality approved funds that they can use at their workplace as a default fund.

We want the government and other members of Parliament to defend the interests of industry super fund members by opposing the changes proposed by the banks.

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