• Australians can now receive their wages in Bitcoin

    First 5000     |      April 21, 2021

    Australians can now receive a portion of their employment wages in Bitcoin using a new service from Bitcoin payments company, Living Room of Satoshi. 

  • Port workers protest against sham contracting

    First 5000     |      January 17, 2020

    The exclusive provider of towage services at the Port of Gladstone has been accused of using sham contracting to undermine wages, conditions and safety after contracting out a tug delivery job traditionally undertaken by local workers.

  • Sydney continues to champion gender equity and shared care

    First 5000     |      December 11, 2019

    The City of Sydney is continuing to drive gender equity across its workforce, with its latest review showing an overall gender pay gap in favour of women.

  • Ombudsman calls for better protections of employee wages

    First 5000     |      November 20, 2019

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is calling on the federal government to make it easier for hard-working Australians’ wages and entitlements to be calculated correctly and paid on time.

  • Infrastructure and energy sectors to dominate wage growth in 2020

    First 5000     |      November 19, 2019

    Global recruitment firm Robert Walters has released its salary expectations for Australian professionals in 2020, with roles in certain sectors set to experience wage growth.

  • Xero’s ‘Payphoria’ research maps out the regional Australian payday behaviours

    First 5000     |      October 21, 2019

    Rushes of ‘payphoria’ are sweeping over the nation, with new research from global small business platform Xero revealing that many regional Aussies are feeling the pinch in the lead up to the pleasure of payday.

  • Work laws must address equal pay

    First 5000     |      August 30, 2019

    The peak body for working people used Equal Pay Day (28 August) to call on Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter to address the pervasive and ongoing inequality for women at work in his upcoming review of the Fair Work Act.

  • Slow wages growth and decline in housing starts threaten economy: report

    First 5000     |      August 15, 2019

    Flatlining wages growth, decades of massive price increases and the looming largest decline in housing commencements set to come on in the next calendar year threatens to impact the economy without response says a new affordable housing report released today by PowerHousing Australia informed by CoreLogic. 

  • Employers could have jail time over underpayments

    First 5000     |      July 26, 2019

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has put employers on notice that those who exploit workers may soon face criminal penalties.

  • Minimum wage to rise by 3%

    First 5000     |      May 30, 2019

    The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.0% increase to minimum wages with the new national minimum wage to increase to $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour from 1 July 2019.

  • Proposed wage increase could stifle business employment

    First 5000     |      March 27, 2019

    Labor’s proposal to move from a minimum wage to a living wage could negatively impact many businesses that are already operating on very low margins and put at risk their ability to employ or even survive, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

  • Finance sector union campaign to end gender pay gap

    First 5000     |      March 7, 2019

    The Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) has written to employers in the financial services industry calling upon them to remove pay confidentiality clauses in Enterprise Agreements as part of the union’s campaign to end the gender pay gap.

  • Nobody should work full-time and live in poverty: ACTU

    First 5000     |      March 6, 2019

    The peak body for working people, the ACTU has re-stated its call for a living wage in Australia.

  • National gender pay gap hits record low

    First 5000     |      February 28, 2019

    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released last week show that the national gender pay gap has again dropped, reaching its lowest point in over 20 years at 14.1%.

  • Australia needs a pay rise: Reserve Bank head

    ACTU     |      February 9, 2019

    Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has identified low wage growth as a drag on the economy in a speech to the National Press Club, this week saying “people worry about their own future and that of their children” because of weak and even negative wage growth, combined with globalisation and technological change.

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