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News by Country: Australia

23 September 2020


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·      Email your MP: Demand paid pandemic leave (ACTU)

·      List of employers who have agreed to two weeks special leave (ACTU)

·      Ratios for aged care - Make them law now (Anmf)

·      Take action for working women (Megaphone)

·      Survey shows $10 pay for food delivery workers as NSW politicians push for more rights (TWU, 22 September 2020)

·      Superannuation increase faces growing opposition from Government MPs and economists (The Australian Online News, 22 September 2020)

·      Superannuation calculator: how would scrapping the planned increase affect you? (The Guardian, 21 September 2020)

·      Workers demand Action for Aged Care (ACTU, 21 September 2020)

·      JobSeeker, JobKeeper changes from September 25 may cause economic collapse (, 21 September 2020)

·      Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care (The Guardian, 20 September 2020)

·      Government must stay the course on JobKeeper and JobSeeker (ACTU, 17 September 2020)

·      Unemployment and precarity have spread through the community like a secondary infection (Canberra Times, 16 September 2020)

·      Superannuation: Under-35s rush to raid up to $20k from their super (, 15 September 2020)

·      Return to pre-coronavirus JobSeeker rate could cost 145,000 jobs (, 14 September 2020)

·      Winding back JobKeeper and JobSeeker will push 740,000 Australians into poverty (The Conversation, 11 September 2020)

·      JobKeeper recipients paying millions in bonuses to their executives, research reveals (, 10 September 2020)

·      Industry super funds to invest $33 billion in job creation (The New Daily, 9 September 2020)

·      Prime Minister must explain Qantas outsourcing revelations: TWU (8 September 2020)

·      Qantas 'pandemic' ground crew exit had been on the cards for a decade (SMH, 7 September 2020)

·      Statement from ACTU President Michele O’Neil on Virgin Australia sale to Bain Capital (ACTU, 4 September 2020)

·      Australia plunges into first recession in 30 years – but still no plan to support and create jobs (ACTU, 2 September 2020)

·      AusPost invites volunteer parcel deliveries while executives eye bonuses (SMH, 2 September 2020)

·      JobSeeker and JobActive are meant to move people off welfare and into work, but COVID-19 has changed things (, 28 August 2020)

·      Privately operated aged care homes behind devastating Covid-19 infection rate in Victorian health workers (The Guardian, 26 August 2020)

·      Australians took more out of their super accounts in June than they put in (The Guardian, 25 August 2020)

·      Job bans hurting SA aged care workers (United Workers Union, 19 August 2020)

·      Jane Hume “ambivalent” about complying with legislated super increase (ACTU, 17 August 2020)

·      Workplace transmissions: a predictable result of the class divide in worker rights (The Conversation, 17 August 2020)

·      Frontline doctors and nurses sent into aged care coronavirus crisis speak out (ABC, 17 August 2020)

·      ‘I will never come to Australia again’: new research reveals the suffering of temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis (The Conversation, 17 August 2020)

·      Melbourne aged care nurse who caught coronavirus says workers weren't properly trained in PPE (, 13 August 2020)

·      7.5% per cent unemployed, more than a million out of work for the first time (ACTU, 13 August 2020)

·      Federal Government must intervene to protect workers’ sick leave in a pandemic (ACTU, 12 August 2020)

·      Companies using millions in jobkeeper payments to pay increased dividends to shareholders (The Guardian, 11 August 2020)

·      Paid pandemic win at Spotless (Dandenong, 5 August 2020)

·      Melbourne's stage 4 coronavirus shutdown is hitting workers and business owners in different ways (ABC News, 5 August 2020)

·      Melbourne nurse begged for better protection from coronavirus before her 'worst fear' came true (ABC News, 5 August 2020)

·      83,000 casual jobs in Victoria at risk as shutdown and jobkeeper exclusions bite (The Guardian, 5 August 2020)

·      Federal government announcement has no guarantees for educators (United Workers Union, 5 August 2020)

·      Childcare package bails out employers, leaves workers in the cold (ACTU, 5 August 2020)

·      Virgin Australia to slash 3,000 jobs for slimmed post-coronavirus airline, Tiger brand dumped (ABC News, 5 August 2020)

·      Statement from ACTU President Michele O’Neil on Virgin Australia (ACTU, 5 August 2020)

·      Paul Keating attacks Covid-19 super withdrawal scheme as unfair burden on young (The Guardian, 4 August 2020)

·      Former ACTU boss says workers have shouldered enough pandemic costs (The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 2020)

·      Victorians to get federal paid pandemic leave disaster payments (The Age, 3 August 2020)


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