‘Mega Union’ tipped with United Voice close to merger with National Union of Workers

The National Union of Workers and United Voice have the potential to form what has been termed “the biggest blue collar union in the country” after the Fair Work Commission gave the go ahead for the two unions to conduct a merger ballot with their memberships, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) has reported.

6 days ago

by Freya Lucas

ECT wins $11,000 compensation payout in unfair dismissal case against ECEC centre

An early childhood teacher (ECT) based in the New South Wales regional town of Dubbo has been successful in winning over $11,000 in compensation following an appeal to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in relation to unfair dismissal.

18 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Retirement anxiety for ECEC educators is fuelled by low pay, United Voice says

An early childhood education and care (ECEC) union, United Voice, have used the occasion of International Women’s Day to draw attention to “the flow on effects of a feminised workforce being denied professional pay” by highlighting issues and concerns in relation to retirement funds and superannuation for women who have worked in the sector for many years.

3 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Fair Work to determine if it’s ok to lie down on the job, in landmark case

Two Canberra Hospital cleaners sacked for taking a nap on their unpaid break have taken their case to the Fair Work Commission after the contractor involved refused to back down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported this week.

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas

How a default union membership could help reduce income inequality

A more equal society with less income disparity is good for well-being.

5 months ago

by Mark Harcourt, University of Waikato; Gregor Gall, University of Glasgow; Margaret Wilson, University of Waikato, and Nisha Novell, Victoria University of Wellington