Australian Council of Trade Unions


ACTU push for increase to minimum wage by $30

3:44PM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 |  The Australian Council of Trade Unions is continuing its push for the minimum wage rate of workers to be upped to $636.40 a week, an increase of 5%.

‘Just outraged at the insanity of Julia Gillard’: Tech start-ups hit back in 457 visa row

3:17AM | Friday, 15 March 2013 |  Key players in the Australian tech start-up scene have lashed out at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s suggestion the 457 visa program is being abused by the IT industry.

Business groups call for “modest” approach to minimum wage increase

5:20PM | Monday, 14 May 2012 |  Business and industry groups are urging Fair Work Australia to reject a claim for the minimum wage to be lifted by $26 a week, calling for a more “modest” approach to award wages.

Federal Budget 2012: Industry groups outline wish lists for Federal Budget

5:16PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 |  Industry groups have issued their wish lists for the Federal Budget, with an emphasis on reducing red tape and taxes, but the Government is also under pressure to target Australia’s rich.

THE NEWS WRAP: Unions push for super-charged wage rises

3:14AM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 |  Unions are set to defy Workplace Relations and Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten today by refusing to give up wage increases in return for higher superannuation payments.

THE NEWS WRAP: Australian businesses lost $85 million to fraud

3:11AM | Monday, 19 March 2012 |  Australian businesses lost a total of $85 million to fraud last year, according to new figures, with small businesses particularly vulnerable to scams.

Three-pronged pay push will hurt employers, business groups claim

3:18PM | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 |  Employers will face a three-pronged pay push in coming months as unions seek pay increases for adult apprentices and other workers, while junior retail workers could also receive a pay rise.

Union pay push set to impact retailers

11:49PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Employers in the retail industry could be dealt another blow in light of a union push to introduce the adult wage at 18 years of age instead of 20, in addition to a pay push for apprentices.

Tax breaks on the agenda for October forum

7:44PM | Friday, 29 July 2011 |  Tax breaks and personal tax changes are on the cards for October’s tax forum, but not all industry groups are happy about how the summit is being handled or who is invited.

Employers could face $10,000 fines for illegal workers as Federal Government unveils new laws

7:25PM | Friday, 22 July 2011 |  Rogue employers could face fines of $10,000 for each worker employed illegally, with the Federal Government unveiling new laws to battle a black market believed to comprise 100,000 people.