Hazardous Air Quality: The New Normal?

Wage Theft Report

Wage theft is major problem in Australia. Businesses often see workers from non-english speaking countries and migrant workers as easier to exploit. To help understand and stop wage theft, Unions NSW audited job advertisements on Chinese, Korean and Spanish language websites. The audit found 79 per cent of businesses advertised pay rates that are below the minimum Award wage.

Sexual Harassment Discussion Paper

This paper challenges the current framework for dealing with sexual harassment. Currently, sexual harassment is treated as an individual issue where the burden is placed solely on the complainant. Instead, we shift towards collective responses and solutions. Further the paper explores options for more pro-active responses to the prevention of sexual harassment.

Privatisation of State Assets – Submission to Senate Inquiry

The Federal Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative seeks to incentivise State Governments to privatise assets. The initiative emphasises the short term profits of privatisation, but overlooks the broader policy implications and long term economic issues.

Electricity Privatisation – Submission to Senate Inquiry

Despite claims about the economic advantages of privatisation made by the NSW Liberal Government, the privatisation agenda of the last three decades has resulted in cuts to public services, finalisation of few large scale infrastructure projects and an ongoing budget deficit.

Paid Parental Leave, Submission to Senate Inquiry

Unions NSW is vocal in the campaign for universal paid parental leave (PPL) that is guaranteed through government legislation and paid at wage replacement rates for 6 months. Access to PPL provides the best outcomes for new parents and babies while also encouraging women’s increased participation in the workforce.

NSW Budget Briefing 2018

The NSW Liberal/National Government delivered a classic ‘election budget’ with short-term spending announcements and limited commitments to recurring expenditure for services and staffing.