Thursday July 31, 2008MORE than 100 angry public sector workers rallied outside Treasurer Michael Costa's Newcastle office yesterday, as part of a statewide campaign over wages.
Friday July 18, 2008THOUSANDS of Victorian TAFE teachers are expected to walk off the job for the first time in more than 10 years as a dispute over wages and work conditions hits boiling point.
Friday July 11, 2008WOLLONGONG police duty officer Brian Wyver says recent reports of police dissatisfaction with their jobs and wages is not evident in Wollongong.
Thursday July 10, 2008* Lithgow iron workers rejected an offer of continuing employment in return for a drop in wages. Faced with a slump in the iron market and the failure of the Federal Government to pass legislation, an Iron Bonus Bill, to assist the industry, the employers decided they could not continue running at a loss. Following union intransigence, the owners closed the works.
Wednesday July 9, 2008* The prime minister, John Howard, called for lower interest rates and laid the groundwork for a shift to a lower minimum wage and reduced dole payments. The leader of the opposition, Kim Beazley, accused Howard of trying to Americanise wages, and that this would break his election promise that no Australian would be worse off.