Topic archives: ACTU

Crikey Worm: the ACTU’s plan to boost wages

April 12, 2018

Good morning, early birds. The ACTU reveals its six-point plan to lift wages and improve workers' lot. Plus, PM Malcolm Turnbull commits cold, hard cash to build a rail link to Melbourne Airport. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

From the Crikey archives: casualisation and the gig economy

March 21, 2018 3

As the ACTU ramps up their Change the Rules campaign, here's a primer on how the topic's developed over the last few years.

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

November 3, 2017 8

The Australian Council of Trade Unions' call for a living wage in Australia goes against what they've asked for for the last 20 years, according to one of Australia's pre-eminent workplace academics.

That was then, this is now: Martin Ferguson’s head-spinning 180 on union power

August 9, 2017 16

Martin Ferguson used to be a unionist and a Labor stalwart. So what's he doing shilling for the mining industry and saying unions have too much power?

Are nasty, aggro unions creating havoc for Aussie businesses? Well no, not really.

July 24, 2017 7

In the last five years Australia has enjoyed a period of industrial relations peace that no one would have believed in the 1980s.

Literal wage theft: employers force migrant workers to return their wages

July 5, 2017 8

Migrant workers are being forced to pay back large chunks of their wages. But don't hold your breath waiting for the government to do anything about it.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 29, 2017 9

Did the ACTU try to influence the Walkleys? ... return of the leather jacket ... heeeeeeere's Kevin ...

‘Insecure work’ or ‘alternative employment’? Three things you missed at the Fair Work hearings.

June 14, 2017 3

Employers actually quite like the Shoppies union, while unions would rather not talk about it, and Bridget Mackenzie goes hard.

Labor simultaneously betrays unions and reneges on its commitment to a federal ICAC

Labor simultaneously betrays unions and reneges on its commitment to a federal ICAC

May 26, 2017 9

What was that you were saying about your commitment to a federal ICAC, Bill?

Govt puts forward union-restricting bill that doesn’t please anyone

April 13, 2017

Who exactly told the government these laws were necessary?