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Unions and community organisations need to step up the push for real change, including a meaningful wage rise for low-paid workers, argues Alex Bainbridge.

The federal government plans to reduce the number of health services it is prepared to subsidise with Medicare rebates. Jim McIlroy reports.

Sydney’s May Day march highlighted the green ban imposed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union on the demolition of a heritage-listed building in Parramatta. Pip Hinman reports.

Community and Public Sector Union members working in Parliament House are demanding greater workplace safety and respect, reports Kerry Smith.

The Socialist Alliance condemns new federal anti-worker bills.

The underlying gross domestic product trend shows the profit share is up to an historic high and the labour share is down. Since 1975, more than $4 trillion has been shifted from wages to profits. Paul Oboohov explains how it got to this.

Jonathan Strauss argues that organisation and unity will assist the struggle to create a different life to corporate Australia’s version of the “new normal”.

Young people, who have only ever had insecure casual jobs, face a very precarious future, writes James Swift.

PM Scott Morrison wants unions and employers “to put down their weapons”, claiming this is the way jobs will be created. However, history shows otherwise, writes Mary Merkenich.

The Fair Work Commission has ruled in favour of McDonald’s bid to waive overtime rates and set shifts for part-timers under the fast food award, reports Jim McIlroy and Pip Hinman.

A protest against McDonald's efforts to undermine the award of already underpaid workers was organised in Sydney, reports Jim McIlroy.

Labor’s immigration spokesperson Kristina Keneally wants a post COVID-19 migration policy that privileges skilled workers. Pip Hinman argues that this calculated intervention is both racist and dangerous.

While the JobKeeker allowance is significant, the package has a number of major weaknesses, writes Lisbeth Latham.

The federal government’s JobKeeper package will be a relief for about 6 million workers, but more than a million workers will be left to fend for themselves, writes Jim McIlroy.

The Coalition’s union-busting Ensuring Integrity Bill failed to pass after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson changed her position. But Sam Wainwright writes that it reveals a serious strategic and political weakness in the union movement.

Australian Council of Trade Union’s president Michele O’Neil told an October 2 forum that the Coalition government’s attacks on refugees is a distraction from its failure to act on low wages, insecure work and climate change.

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