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    QCU President hangs up gloves after three decades

    Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams retires on 31 January, hanging up his gloves after three decades as a union leader in Queensland and Australia.
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    Unions getting on with the job protecting weekend penalty rates

    Queensland unions remain focused on protecting weekend penalty rates as the major priority for the coming year.
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    Report gives bitter Christmas gift to workers

    Today’s Productivity Commission report recommending cuts to weekend penalty rates is a bitter Christmas present as retail and hospitality sectors gear up for a bumper holiday shopping season.
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    Unions welcome state inquiry into rogue labour hire firms

    Queensland unions have welcomed announcement today of a Palaszczuk government inquiry into rogue labour hire companies operating in the state.
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    Queensland unions back DV leave and say it should go national

    Queensland unions have welcomed the state government’s commitment to ten days paid domestic violence leave for affected public sector workers and say federal Labor should follow its lead.
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    Unions launch media campaign to protect penalty rates

    Unions are today launching a concerted media campaign to stop wage cuts for some of Queensland’s lowest paid workers.
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    To the Liberal National Federal Government: We demand a fair taxation system

    To the Liberal-National Federal Government 

    All Australians should contribute their fair share to ensure our government can continue to provide critical public services like healthcare and education. The wealth of our richest companies should be shared with all Australians.

    But the costs on the budget from tax loopholes for multinationals, and tax concessions for the wealthy continue to take their toll. Last year, one-in-five large private companies paid no tax.

    According to the Tax Justice Network Australia, of Australia’s largest 200 publicly listed companies, 1-in-3 had an effective tax rate of less than 10 per cent, while 1-in-7 paid 0 per cent.

    One of the Liberal-National’s first acts in office was to roll back measures to tackle profit shifting and improving tax transparency — effectively handing back $1.1 billion to big global firms.

    Now they want to include exemptions so that family-owned companies don’t have to declare publicly how much tax they have paid — because the wealthy are worried about their children being kidnapped. 

    This needs to change and we need a system in which everyone pays their fair share. 

    172 signatures

    As Australians we are calling on you to ensure Australia has a fair taxation system in which everyone pays their fair share, everyone gets the opportunity they deserve, services are fully funded, and transparency is maintained. 

    Will you sign?

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