Working people have formed the backbone of an historic national campaign this election. A campaign which focused on conversations between colleagues in workplaces, over the phone, and on social media about the failure of the Morrison Government to deliver for working people. This campaign, led by working people, ensured that cost of living and wage growth was a decisive issue for millions of voters. The election is a rejection of a Government which refused to act to address crises in cost of living, wage growth and insecure work. We congratulate the ALP on winning government with a stro
Wages are going backwards, cost for essentials are skyrocketing, job insecurity is at crisis levels, and corporate profits have increased. And all Scott Morrison says is that it's not his job. In fact, he's hoping that voters will ignore the fact that both he and the Liberal-Nationals have been missing in action for the past nine years while things have gotten worse. Working people in Australia needs a prime minister who doesn't go missing when things get tough. We need a government that will take real, concrete steps to help lift wages and address the cost of living crisis.
The ACTU has launched a 30-second advertisement showing a couple worried about overdue bills who try to comfort each other, while their son struggles to do his homework in the family's living area.
"We're in a cost of living crisis," the narrator says. "Under Scott Morrison, real wages have flat-lined and last year, for the average worker, real wages actually went backwards – over $800. "But the cost of living is skyrocketing.
The Public Service Association is calling for a minimum raise of 3.6% for all NSW public sector workers, exclusive of superannuation, as part of its Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise campaign. PSA NSW general secretary Stewart Little recently told Workplace Express that with "inflation running at 3.5%, the arbitrary 2.5% wage cap imposed by the NSW Government is now effectively a wage cut". Little says the PSA has "fought against the cap
People in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, families have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, and others are sheltering from bombs falling in major cities. Normal working life has been forced to stop.
How trade unions are supporting Ukraine
The ITUC’s Ukrainian member organisations FPU and KVPU are providing support to families who desperately need assistance with:
After a series of care home scandals in the UK, Canada, Scotland and Australia the latest scandal at the French provider, Orpea, highlights how workers and patients suffer from the privatisation and commercialisation of care. This unfolding story reinforces PSIs longstanding claim that privatised care is incompatible with The Human Right to Care.
On Saturday 15 January 2022, the neighbouring Pacific Island nation of Tonga was hit by a catastrophic volcanic eruption, with shock-waves felt around the globe. The eruption was followed by a tsunami, furthering the scale of what is an unprecedented disaster. One immediate impact was the communication blackout, with access to the internet and telecommunications being affected, posing complications for relief missions, and cutting Tonga off from the wider world.