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Silicosis epidemic on track to become the new black lung

A creeping epidemic of lung disease that is killing young workers has been uncovered by the Parliamentary Inquiry into the operation of the NSW dust diseases scheme. The inquiry has found that the engineered stone products used particularly for kitchen and bathroom benches are implicated in new cases of potentially deadly silicosis in a rising […]

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Attacks on unions are quite literally killing young workers

A permanently disabling and potentially deadly lung disease has returned to Australian workplaces due to falling work safety standards and attacks on union rights of entry. A series of new cases of silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust, have been diagnosed in workers in the manufactured stone industry. As reported by the […]

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Workers Rights

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 02:52 ): Let u s be clear : T he Greens members support the right to strike. I will say it again : W e support the right to strike. That i s why we will always support the right of workers and unions to take collective action to protect their […]

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Electricity standoff: Baird must intervene to protect jobs and safety

Inaction from the Baird government and aggressive industrial tactics from Essential Energy have forced unions and employees to take unprecedented industrial action from next Monday. In the interests of safety and decency, the Greens NSW are calling on the Baird government to intervene and end the state-owned corporation’s ongoing attacks on the jobs and conditions of […]

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Baird the Grinch who stole retail workers Christmas

Last night Mike Baird teamed up with Fred Nile to steal half the Christmas holiday from hundreds of thousands of retail workers across NSW. At the stroke of midnight, the Liberal, National and Christian Democrat parties joined together to amend the State’s retail trading laws to open up all retail stores across the state to […]

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100 dock workers sacked in midnight email

Overnight 100 dock workers were sacked in an underhanded move by Hutchinson Ports Australia. Workers were sent an email at midnight informing them that they should not come in to work and would be paid only to the end of next week. The Maritime Union of Australia reports that guards are posted at the gates […]

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What happened to the Anzac Day public holiday?

The Greens NSW are calling for the NSW Premier to step in and give workers a weekday public holiday to commemorate the Anzac Day centenary anniversary. This year, because April 25th falls on a Saturday the NSW government has decided to only make that Saturday a public holiday and not to give working people a […]

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Greens support unions’ claim that NSW Coalition Government breached international labour standards

The Greens support the PSU, ACTU and CPSU in their complaint to the International Labour Organisation, arguing that the Government has breached international labour standards by placing an arbitrary cap on public sector annual wage increases, and prohibiting public servants from accessing the independent  Industrial Relations Commission (NSW). The Greens have opposed these restrictions on […]

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