wage theft

The Guardian • wage theft

Half the Sky column logo Issue #2056

HALF THE SKY

Decades of struggles have seen women make some progress in closing the wage gap, but they still face considerable barriers to achieving wage equity and...

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Issue #1954

Commonwealth Bank wants staff to vote for more wage theft

The unrepentant wage thieves at the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) are set to push ahead with a vote on an enterprise agreement that will further erode the basic entitlements of staff.

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Issue #1970

Wage theft laws come into effect in Victoria

Last year, the Victorian parliament passed a law making wage theft a crime. On the 1st of July this year, that law came into effect.

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Issue #1982

Fair Work Ombudsman finds wage theft in hotel quarantine

In July this year, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Sandra Parker, launched an investigation into thirty-seven companies who ran security for hotel quarantine in Melbourne...

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Half the Sky column logo Issue #2070

HALF THE SKY

Will Labor’s bill help working women? E Lennon Workplace relations minister, Tony Burke, has tabled a bill aimed at tackling several issues faced by workers...

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Issue #2004

Morrison plan for workers 6.5 times those for bosses committing wage theft

Under Morrison’s latest attack on construction workers an individual worker would be subject to fines more than 6.5 times higher than those faced by an...

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Issue #2035

Restaurateur first to be criminally charged for wage theft

The Australian labour movement is on the precipice of a major win for workers’ rights in the form of a criminal case brought against a...

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Issue #1995

Socialism and capitalism: a tale of two approaches to enforcing environmental laws

It is no secret that in some societies, certain harmful activities go unpunished. For example, in the framework of a capitalist society, white-collar crimes are...

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Issue #2040

DINGO

“Exhausted,” “struggling to cope,” “let down,” “dangerous,” and “overwhelmed” is how nurses have described working conditions at the prestigious St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst...

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Issue #1968

Wage raise a good start but not enough!

Last month, the Fair Work Commission increased the minimum wage by 2.5 per cent – raising it to $20.33 an hour.

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Zucchini picker at work. Issue #2089

AWU wins $30k backpay

If anyone thinks wage theft is a thing of the past, they should think again. The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has reclaimed $30,000 for two...

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Issue #1964

“THE INEQUALITY VIRUS”

“COVID-19 has been likened to an x-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.”

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Issue #2071

DINGO

Mining transnational BHP, at one time known under the jolly capitalist moniker of The Big Australian, has admitted to deducting annual leave from staff entitlements...

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Issue #2068

DINGO

Trade union federations in the EU have called for affiliates to support French trade unionists who are being prosecuted for taking collective action during recent...

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Issue #2041

Make wage theft a crime

Last year Monash University launched an extraordinary bid to avoid repaying millions of dollars in wages allegedly owed to sessional and casual staff. The University...

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Empty wallet. Issue #2094

‘Number One wage thief ’ fined $75,000

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has called for urgent reform after Melbourne University copped a $75,000 fine over threatening to punish two casual academic...

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Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria. Issue #2102

Deakin University admits wage theft after two years of denial

Deakin University has finally admitted to engaging in multimillion dollar wage theft after denying underpaying staff for two years. In an email to all staff,...

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Issue #2047

The ghost of the ABCC lives on

The federal Labor government might have abolished the union-bashing Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) but its dirty work has been taken up by the...

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Thief with mask and money bag over shoulder. Issue #2067

Wage theft costing workers nearly $850m a year

A fresh analysis of wage theft by the McKell Institute has revealed Australian workers are being underpaid nearly $850 million a year, ripping more than...

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Issue #2088

DINGO

Unpaid overtime isn’t going away any time soon. Health and care service workers do an average 28 hours unpaid care work at home and live...

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Issue #2057

Union action reveals $2.6 million in underpayments

“Trade unions are … critical for workers under capitalism” (CPA Political Resolution, 2022) Industrial action by Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) members at Taronga Western Plains...

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BHP Tower Perth Issue #2056

BHP wage theft

BHP has admitted underpaying mineworkers US$280 million (A$430 million) since 2010 due to wrongly deducting leave on public holidays. The Mining and Energy Union said...

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Women at work. Issue #2081

Seven weeks work on no pay

Despite record-low unemployment, Australian employers are still managing to steal more than 280 hours from their employees each year. That’s the finding of the Australia...

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