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ACTU: Time to change the rules

The ACTU launched their “Change The Rules” campaign in Perth last night.

“Change The Rules” seeks to push for pro-worker changes to the Fair Work Act.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus said “The pendulum had swung too far toward big business and Australia needs a pay rise”

Ms McManus said workers across Western Australia have had their pay and conditions stripped by laws that allow companies to terminate enterprise agreements, keep wages low, cut penalty rates, and support mass casualisation and wage theft.

The ACTU will use the responses from the national survey of workers to identify the union movement’s priorities for change.

Ms McManus has previously said her chief priorities were to grow the union movement and strengthen the rights of workers. She has said she would lead a union campaign for major changes to the Fair Work Act and put “demands” on the political parties in the lead up to the next federal election.

As well as reduce the bargaining power of employers, unions want to ease legal restrictions on strikes and limit the use of casuals and labour hire.