After three years of submissions, hearings and deliberations, Australia’s workplace relations umpire, the Fair Work Commission, decided in 2017 to decrease the penalty rates paid to retail and hospitality workers on the safety-net award for working on Sundays and...
Central Queensland University Lecturer Olav Muurlink argues that humans aren't meant to work 24/7, and that penalty rates are crucial for workers' health.  Penalty rates are often cast as a roadblock to business or employment but public health researchers see...
The long debate over the causes of wage stagnation took an unexpected turn last week, when Finance Minister Matthias Cormann described (downward) flexibility in the rate of wage growth as “a deliberate design feature of our economic architecture”. It was...
Health Researcher Ben from the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association runs us through why current bargaining laws need a real overhaul, to ensure nurse and midwives get their fair share.  Under the current enterprise bargaining rules, nurses and midwives in...
The Climate and Health Alliance’s (CAHA) scorecard has delivered a scathing review of the Liberals’ and Nationals’ plan for climate and health. In the release of their Election scorecard, the Alliance has scored both Coalition parties a 0/8 on a...
With the Federal Election just around the corner, Nurse Uncut investigates if your wages and penalty rates will be better off under Labor or the Coalition. With the major parties battling over so-called “Middle Australia”, there’s never been a more...
Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at the Grattan Institute, analyses the major parties' health promises for this election.  The major parties’ manifestos for the 2019 federal election present voters with starkly contrasting health policies. These policies are shaped...
Professor Jim Gillespie writes about Australia's love affair with our universal healthcare system, and why messing with it would be electoral suicide.  Labor’s 2016 “Mediscare” has entered political memory as a campaign tactic that almost changed the game in that...
The Morrison Government's Medicare Guarantee fund is just a dishonest accounting trick, says the Grattan Institutes's Stephen Duckett. Treasurer Scott Morrison pulled a health-related rabbit out of his hat on budget night, announcing the government will “guarantee” the future of...
Looking for a thrilling viewing this winter? Thanks to Transmission Films, we have tickets to give away to our members! In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly...