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7-ELEVEN WHISTLEBLOWER IGNORED – GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON WORKER EXPLOITATION

November 22, 2015

Labor again calls on the Government to examine whether the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has sufficient powers and resources to prevent worker exploitation, and to consider whistleblower protection laws in private companies, following the latest revelations in the 7-Eleven worker exploitation case that staff concerns were ignored.

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AS MUCH FRONT AS MYER – GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON WORKER EXPLOITATION

November 19, 2015

Labor again calls on the Government to examine whether the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has sufficient powers and resources to prevent worker exploitation, following Myer’s refusal to accept responsibility for the underpayment of wages to people cleaning their stores.

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TURNBULL HOT AIR DOES NOTHING FOR WAGES

November 19, 2015

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today show that for all Malcolm Turnbull’s talk wages remain at their lowest rate of growth since records have been kept.

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EMPLOYMENT MINISTER COUNTS ON IMAGINARY JOBS TO GROW EMPLOYMENT

November 16, 2015

In responding to questions about what precisely the Government would do to respond to today’s slump in full-time employment, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, seemed to suggest that CHAFTA would be the silver bullet for Australia’s unemployment woes.

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CLEANERS’ PAY SLASH DENIES A SECURE JOB AND DECENT WAGE

November 14, 2015

Every day is gruelling for Julie*, but you would never know it speaking to her. She’s proud of her job and the work she does cleaning Australia’s parliament.

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LABOR’S CLEAN UP: CLEANING SERVICES GUIDELINES TO BE REINSTATED

November 13, 2015

A Shorten Labor Government will reinstate the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines, which were callously and heartlessly abolished by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.

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