Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Australian trade union movement will campaign over 2015 to stop the Federal Government allowing a cash raid by Australia’s big four banks on workers superannuation.

The banks are currently pushing the Government to allow their chronically underperforming superannuation funds easier access to the Award default super system.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Queensland branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has warned that the LNP's election campaign launch promises are not to be trusted.

“Almost everything Newman promised relies on selling off Queensland’s assets. Not only has privatisation of public utilities left workers and families worse off in almost all cases, but he knows that his plans are not supported by Queenslanders”, said Michael Ravbar the CFMEU’s Divisional Branch Secretary.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Employers in Victoria are advertising for overseas visa workers in job ads that may be in breach of anti-discrimination laws.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed several Melbourne employers have been caught out in ads targeting 457 and other visa holders for jobs in Victoria.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JEPA) comes into force today with the same blanket exemptions from Labour Market Testing (LMT) for workers that the Korean Free Trade Agreement has.

This means that all employers in Australia (both Australian and Japanese firms) will no longer have to seek qualified locals to fill vacancies in the skilled trade, nursing and engineering occupations and prove none could be found, before 457s are approved for Japanese workers. From now on LMT is permanently banned in all other 457 occupations.

Monday, 12 January 2015

The CFMEU has branded as hypocritical the Queensland Premier's announcement of the Jobs of Tomorrow, given his terrible record on jobs and training while in office.

"For Campbell Newman to say with a stright face that he intends to create 26,000 new training jobs is nothing short of empty pre-election spin," said Michael Ravbar, CFMEU Queensland State Secretary.

"What about the jobs of today? Does Newman really think that Queenslanders will forget that he laid off 24,000 workers and has driven the state into an unemployment crisis?"