Unions and community unite to Change The Rules
Union and community members have turned out in massive numbers at Change The Rules rallies across the country.
These rallies sent a clear message: it’s time to change Australia’s broken industrial rules.
IEUA-QNT members have experienced first-hand how these broken rules fuel insecure work and make it difficult for workers to bargain collectively for fair wages and working conditions.
Rallies were held in Gladstone, Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport, St Helens, Shepparton, Adelaide, Wondonga, Bendigo, Melbourne and Sydney this week – with rallies to follow in Brisbane and Canberra next month.
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Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary Sally McManus said the rallies were a response to the fact four out of five workers are not receiving pay increases which keep up with the cost of living and forty percent of the workforce is in insecure work.
“Working people in Australia are demanding that the rules are changed,” Ms McManus said.
“We need to bring back balance to the system so working people get fair pay rises.”
“It is not right that profits are up, CEO bonuses are up, but our pay is not.”
Ms McManus also said the bargaining system was failing workers.
“The economy has changed and the narrow enterprise-only bargaining system is failing a lot of people. Stronger rights for working people will help rebalance the system. Our campaign is about bringing back a fair go for working people.”
No sector immune from broken rules
The resolve of IEUA-QNT members has meant our union has continued to achieve strong bargaining outcomes in many sectors, including setting the benchmark 2018 classroom teacher salary of $101,000 in Queensland Catholic schools – which has now been matched in many other agreements.
However, there is perhaps no greater example in our sector of how industrial rules are broken than Carinity Education.
Members in Carinity’s four Queensland schools – which largely cater for disadvantaged youth – have been negotiating with their employer for close to a year and a half.
Members have faced attacks on critical working conditions, including their superannuation, long service leave and redundancy provisions – and have taken strike action on multiple occasions.
Despite members taking the last-resort option of strike action to defend their working conditions, the employer has been able to take advantage of the current broken system to refuse to listen to employees' concerns.
Negotiations with Carinity Education are ongoing – read latest updates on the Carinity: Show You Care campaign page.
By supporting the Change The Rules campaign, members have an opportunity to shape a fairer industrial system, which returns a fair balance of power to workers.
Find out more about the Change The Rules campaign at www.changetherules.org.au