Ged Kearney says the union movement needs to emphasise its achievements rather than letting others focus on the negatives.
As the ACTU Congress meets this week, the HSU East and Craig Thomson affairs continue to dominate the political landscape.
But ACTU President Ged Kearney says Congress will be focusing on the future and the policies which make the work place — and society – fairer.
She tells 3Q that even though union membership has dropped, thousands of people join unions every year. With an increasingly casualised workforce, Kearney says unions are needed more than ever.
Nadine Flood believes the public will experience more delays and long queues because of cuts to government services.
There’s a common misconception that most public servants are Canberra based, well paid and underworked. But two thirds of the public sector actually work outside of the national capital and are on average or below average wages.
CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood tells 3Q that the public will notice the difference when over 4000 cuts are made to the public sector this year.
Read the CPSU’s round up of the implications the Federal Budget will have on the public sector.
And she says Tony Abbott’s plans to slash the public service would be disastrous.
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.
In this week's report:
- Federal government response to Covid-19
- State government response to Covid-19
- Views towards reopening international borders
- Views towards state border closures
- Comprehension and confidence in PM’s plan to ‘safely reopen’ Australia
- Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine
- Necessity of mandatory vaccinations in specific situations
- Views towards easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people