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Govt must support new laws to crack down on exploitation

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has called on the Turnbull Government to support a Private Member’s Bill being introduced in the Senate today by Labor which would increase penalties and make it harder for dodgy employers to get away with exploiting workers.

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Qube and Brookfield join forces in Asciano takeover bid

Asciano has announced that rival takeover bidders Brookfield and Qube have joined forces in a new joint bid for the company.

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The future of unions in a rapidly shifting economy

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey's speech to the 2016 NSW Labor Conference in Sydney.

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NSW Labor endorses RTBU's infrastructure funding plan

Investment in transport infrastructure and opposition to privatisation of public transport services were two of the big issues raised by the RTBU at last weekend's NSW Labor Conference.

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Breaking up PN bad for rail industry

The ACCC has identified the right problems with Brookfield’s takeover of Asicano – but breaking up Pacific National is the wrong solution.

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Discredited Royal Commission hands down report

Dyson Heydon’s discredited Trade Union Royal Commission has released its final report – unsurprisingly recommending a raft of measures designed to prevent unions from effectively representing their members.

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Turnbull must reject Productivity Commission call to cut take-home pay

On the eve of Christmas, the Productivity Commission has recommended cutting the take-home pay of Australia’s lowest-paid workers.

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Christmas & New Year Message

The end of the year is always a time for reflection.  This year, we can look back over a turbulent 12 months when our Union was under attack from all different angles, and be extremely proud of the way we have come through as a stronger and more resilient organisation.

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Pollies must learn from history on privatisation

The Kennett Government’s privatisation of Victoria’s public transport system in the 1990s was a traumatic time.  Thousands of jobs were lost, and the lives of many RTBU members were thrown upside down.

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Urgent investment needed to keep North Coast Line viable

The north-south spine of Queensland’s rail freight network is at risk from becoming commercially uncompetitive and collapsing unless it receives urgent investment from the Queensland and Federal Governments, according the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU).

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