Read the full 2023 Annual Report with forward by Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey.
The Fair Entitlement Guarantee (FEG) scheme provides workers who lose their job due to liquidation or employer bankruptcy with financial assistance to recover some unpaid employment entitlements, including unpaid wages, annual leave, long service leave, payment in lieu of notice, and redundancy pay.
This report is about temporary migrants, their lives, and experiences at work. By and on behalf of workers, it makes the case that temporary visa status is directly linked to inequality and exploitation.
Since the white settlement era began, Australia has experienced frequent labour shortages and has relied heavily on immigration to boost the population and fulfil local labour needs.
Labour supply and essential worker shortages in key health, education and transport occupations report by David Peetz 2023
Essential workers are the ones most in demand in the NSW labour market. While the pandemic saw a decline in demand for many professions (as the labour market softened), this was not the case for ‘essential occupations’ in which demand actually increased.
Read the full 2022 Annual Report with forward by Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey.
This Unions NSW research demonstrates that the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia is endemic and a direct result of the current visa system that makes workers reliant on their employers due to the precarious nature of their visa status.
Overworked, overloaded, overlooked and preparing to leave – 2022 NSW Public Sector Survey. The heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic were our essential workers.
Unions NSW is bringing together unions, employers, civil society and governments to address the nation’s shared economic challenges and some of the most pressing issues in our workplaces.
While all responsible policy makers, businesses, and trade unions are on a unity ticket when it comes to ensuring Australian workplaces are safe, the unfortunate reality is that hundreds of thousands of Australian workers are hurt on the job each year.
This report addresses the nature and effects of wage norms and their links to public sector salary caps.
Unions NSW’s submission to the NSW Government’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Review focuses on ten recommendations to support women in the workforce.
Read the full 2021 Annual Report with forward by Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey.
Unions NSW values equality, justice, integrity and progressing the lives of working people.
A snapshot of key findings from a survey conducted by Unions NSW to asses the workplace, health and financial impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on workers in NSW.
Read the full 2020 Unions NSW Annual Report.
Public procurement is a major driver of economic activity, constituting 15% of GPD – higher than the OECD average of 11%.
Labour is vital to the Australian horticulture industry. Seasonal variation and the transient nature of the work makes the farmworker population difficult to measure.
This report examines the experience of this segment of the workforce during COVID-19, and outline a policy agenda that will provide support for these professions so that they remain an attractive career in future.
There has been significant media reporting and public commentary on the impact on young people of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic recession.
At time of writing migration to Australia is at an all-time low. Many nations have begun their roll out of vaccines for the COVID-19 virus however the pandemic still poses a serious threat to lives and economies.
In some sections of the workforce underpayment of wages has become routine. Employers are unashamedly advertising below Award rates for vacant positions.
The exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia is a common and known problem that appears to be endemic throughout Australian workplaces.