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Migration: Australia National Report

24 Nov 2012

Quality healthcare and workers on the move. The Australia National Report is one of several research studies in key origin and destination countries carried out under the International Migration and Women Health and Social Care Workers Programme of Public Services International (PSI).

Australia: Action to protect outsourced public servants

31 October 2012

The Australian government has introduced amendments to the Fair Work Act to protect the entitlements of tens of thousands of state public servants whose jobs are threatened.

Australia: Public servants to defy stop-work ruling

08 October 2012
Sydney Opera House

Thousands of public servants in eastern Australia will stop work for four hours in a protest against suggested job cuts.

Local and Regional Government/Municipal sector

28 August 2012

Local and regional governments (LRG)/municipal sector workers run essential services in cities, metropolitan areas and territories servicing millions of people and communities every day. Our members work in public administrations; public utilities such as water and sanitation, electricity, and solid waste. They operate public transport and maintain public spaces; work in social, culture and education services such as libraries, museums, kindergartens, schools and universities. They are health and social services workers. Firefighters, emergency, medical first responders and municipal police are also among LRG/municipal workers. PSI defends and promotes the union and labour rights of LRG/municipal workers and advocates their decent working and living conditions so that they can sustainably deliver accessible, quality public services to the local communities and territories they serve and successfully confront the many challenges posed by rapid urbanization and globalization. Join the discussion on PSI's LRG/Municipal Workers Facebook Group.

Australia: Unacceptable cost of workplace injuries and diseases

14 March 2012
map of australia with safety images

It is workers, not employers, who overwhelmingly bear the costs of workplace injuries and diseases, a new report has shown. The report by Safe Work Australia revealed that three-quarters of the costs of workplace injuries and diseases is borne by the injured workers themselves, including loss of current and future income and non-compensated medical expenses.

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Australia: Double-pronged assault on public sector workers

24 February 2012

In Australia, the O'Farrell Government has signalled its intention to launch a fresh attack on public services and the rights of people who deliver them, with cuts to frontline staff on the agenda.

PSI Subregional Advisory Committee for Oceania (OSRAC)

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6 March, 2012 to 9 March, 2012

Privatisation

08 November 2011

Quality public services are the foundation of democratic societies and successful economies. They ensure that everyone has equal access to vital services, including as health care, education, electricity, clean water and sanitation. When these services are privatised, maximizing corporate profits replaces the public interest as the driving force. Privatisation is a dangerous trend that must be reversed.

Young workers

04 November 2011

Young people must have the opportunity for decent jobs. Research consistently shows that young men and women are often marginalised. They must overcome more barriers than adults to secure decent employment. Worldwide, young people are three and a half times more likely to be unemployed. Steps must be taken to ensure that young people have access to education, training, and economic opportunities.