More money for low-income workers

Low income workers have come out winners following a determination by the newly formed Fair Pay Commission. The minimum wage has been increased to $13.47 per hour - a 5.6 per cent increase. This equates to an extra $27.36 a week in the pay packets of Australia’s low paid workers, many of whom are working carers. The increase will come into effect on 1 December.

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Awards and AWA's

work_icon.jpgScenario: you are currently employed under a NSW Award and your boss wants to negotiate an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) with you and the rest of the employees. As a working carer you may have different employee needs to that of your work colleagues. How do you go about protecting your rights as an individual and as an employee?

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Small business wary of WorkChoices

As many working carers are employed by small business, you will probably be interested to learn that the Federal Government may have misjudged the reaction of the Australian small business community to its new WorkChoices legislation.

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WorkChoices and Equal Pay for Women

What kind of an impact is the new WorkChoices legislation having on the pay and conditions of women? How will it affect those women working in low-paid, part-time or casual jobs, many of whom have caring responsibilities?

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Employers should keep their promises

Go to the website or annual report of any large, medium and even some small organisations, both public and private, and you will often see its statement on ethics and behaviour proudly displayed. But do all employers abide by their own policies? It seems not.


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