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  1. Destination Fiji - a vacation from workers' rights

    Posted 22 May 2013 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)

    Bula!

    Fiji is famous for its sandy white beaches, blue waters, palm trees, sunshine and smiling faces. But behind the island beauty lies a much uglier reality.

    Since Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power of the South Pacific nation in 2006, the regime has systematically stripped workers of their wages and conditions.

    Now, over 60 per cent of Fijian wage earners are living below the poverty line, hotel workers earn less than $3 an hour, and workers vocal in opposition to the regime have been threatened and assaulted.

    We can support the people of Fiji get their island paradise

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  2. Save Our Weekend

    Posted 17 September 2012 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Penalty rates for many Australians are currently under threat from a Bill being considered in the Australian Senate.

    Penalty rates provide some form of compensation for workers who are required to ...

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  3. NTEU NSW trials new ACTU training for delegates

    Posted 15 May 2012 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    We value the work of our delegates and recognise the vital role they play in our union, which is why we endeavour to ensure our delegates and activists feel trained, confident and supported in their work.

    The ACTU has been developing a new online system for delegate training, which was launched at ACTU Congress this morning. Based on our recent work with delegates, NTEU NSW Division was chosen to help trial these modules. Delegates Sue and Ben took part in the training and provided feedback.

    As a union leader I think this is a great initiative. Online training is not a replacement for face-to-face training, but it does offer another way for unions to better support delegates in their role.

    NTEU NSW Division views delegate development and support as a key priority, which is why we have launched a new handbook and quarterly publication for delegates this year. We have also developed introductory training sessions for delegates that are regularly held in the NSW Division Office.

    Later this week, we will be launching a new section on our website that provides information about how NTEU members can get involved in union activities.

    With the help of our members, activists and delegates we hope to build the NTEU and provide members with the best possible representation at work.

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  4. ACTU Release: International Women's Day: insecure work is the hidden driver of the gender pay gap, say unions

    Posted 8 March 2012 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Better pay, paid parental leave and equal opportunity laws are important advancements but cannot alone reverse the deep-rooted inequity that women continue to face at work, say unions.

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  5. Share your experiences as a casual or contract worker

    Posted 11 November 2011 by Adam Knobel (NSW Division)

    Unions have launched a new inquiry into insecure work in Australia.

    Workers will have the opportunity to share their stories about the impact of casual and contract employment alongside community groups, unions and employers in a new national independent inquiry to investigate the extent of insecure work in Australia.

    The inquiry is part of the Secure Jobs. Better Future campaign, and will be open for submissions between 2 November and 16 December, before public hearings in each state in February and March.

     

    Share your story

    The NTEU is asking you to share your experience and views of insecure work, particularly casual work in the higher education sector.

    Submissions will be able to be lodged on the campaign website, securejobs.org.au, or by phoning a special insecure work hotline on 1300 362 223 (toll free).

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  6. ACTU launches “guiding principles” for pollution price implementation

    Posted 19 April 2011 by Michael Evans (NTEU National Office)

    ACTU President Ged Kearney today launched the union movement’s "guiding principles" for implementing a price on pollution through the proposed carbon tax.

    Ms Kearney said that unions believe ...

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