Hundreds of road maintenance workers to have their jobs outsourced
The State Government's lack of respect for public sector workers is clearer than ever, with today's revelation that road maintenance work will be outsourced and the public sector banned from tendering for the work. Hundreds of workers employed by Roads and Maritime Services now face an uncertain future. Unions NSW Secretary Mark...
-Jan 24 2013 - 09:37
Unions seek answers from Nike Australia on reported human rights abuses
Unions NSW has written to the CEO of Nike Australia, requesting urgent answers about the company’s Indonesian labour practices, following disturbing reports on ABC Radio this morning. According to the ABC’s AM program, workers have been coerced by military personnel into signing a petition against the payment of the...
-Jan 16 2013 - 07:07
Maroubra fire highlights danger of O'Farrell's fire station closures
A car fire posed a dangerous threat to public safety in Maroubra yesterday, thanks to the O'Farrell Government's budget cuts and irresponsible policy of closing fire stations. At 15:48 yesterday Firefighters received a call about the blaze near Maroubra shops, just 600 metres from the local fire station. However, Maroubra station was...
-Jan 16 2013 - 07:05
Federal opposition must clarify position on IR
Australia’s workers need and deserve clarity on the federal oppositions industrial relations agenda as a matter of urgency, according to the peak trade union body in NSW. Unions NSW Acting Secretary Chris Christodoulou responded today to media reports that federal opposition leader Tony Abbott was under internal Liberal Party pressure to...
-Jan 10 2013 - 08:04
Unions NSW Guide to Working in Extreme Heat Conditions today
The temperature in NSW is forecasted to reach 43 degrees today with up to 35 km/h winds. Work in these circumstances will pose significant work health and safety risks. Unions NSW are calling on employers to take the necessary precautions today to make sure their employees are not placed at risk. Unions NSW recommend that...
-Jan 8 2013 - 11:08
Workers and employers need to co-operate to beat the heat today
The state’s peak union body is calling for co-operation to beat the heat in the states workplaces, ahead of todays expected heat wave. Unions NSW Acting Secretary Chris Christodoulou said today that heat exhaustion was a very real workplace health and safety risk in extreme temperatures, particularly for those working outside or in a...
-Jan 8 2013 - 06:07
New Years Day, 2013, should be a time of celebration for all across New South Wales. For injured workers, however, it marks a dark turning point. The O'Farrell Government's draconian new workers compensation system will begin applying retrospectively from this date. For workers with existing compensation claims, the insurer will now...
-Dec 21 2012 - 09:43
NSW must get smarter about smartphones
Unions NSW calls for State to work harder at relaxing this Christmas Unions NSW is calling on people across the State to give themselves a proper break this Christmas and get smarter and about their smartphones, for the sake of their families, their mental health and their future productivity. “Smartphones are still a relatively recent...
-Dec 21 2012 - 07:11
O’Farrell Government’s hypocrisy on construction an insult to working people
Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon has slammed Premier Barry O’Farrell for using working people as a scapegoat for alleged waste in the construction sector, while ignoring the blatant and inept mistakes of his own government. The NSW Government is reported to be considering draconian new laws limiting the rights of construction workers on site,...
-Dec 6 2012 - 13:14
Council mergers = thousands of job losses
Families, communities to pay for O'Farrell's broken promise Tens of thousands of jobs will be shed if the O'Farrell Government pushes ahead and breaks an explicit election promise by merging councils across Sydney, the United Services Union has warned. The State Government's secret plan to push compulsory council mergers has been...
-Dec 4 2012 - 06:22
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