Qantas seeks full repeal of act

A COMPROMISE bill to change the Qantas Sale Act hasn’t left the flying kangaroo jumping for joy and the carrier will keep lobbying for a full repeal of the legislation. Despite claims by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss that the changes went “some way to easing restrictive ownership provisions on Qantas”, market reaction to the…

Blaming workers belittles the “fair-go”

This year has started on a worrying note with Government Ministers blaming workers for receiving a decent, fair, living wage Industrial Relations Minister Eric Abetz recently said: “We risk seeing something akin to the ‘wages explosions’ of the pre-Accord era, when unsustainable wage growth simply pushed thousands of Australians out of work”. This belittles the very…

Know the facts on wages and employment

Since taking to power in September, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government have relentlessly tried to frame the conversation on the Australian economy against working people and their hard won fair wages and conditions. But we need to be clear on the facts. Recent data has shown that in the year to 31st December…