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Stick Together is Australia’s only national radio show dedicated to union and workplace justice issues.

Stick Together is Australia’s only national radio show dedicated to union and workplace justice issues.
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Melbourne, VIC


Stick Together is Australia’s only national radio show dedicated to union and workplace justice issues.




Women's Work

Today we go to the regional Victorian City of Geelong for a report on the Working Women Get Organised – The Fight for Equal Pay conference run by the Women Unionist Network held at the Geelong Trades Hall following up with look at the work of an organisation called Fitted for Work aiming for practical support to women in their quest for economic security.


Too Hard, Don't Know, No Hope - What About My Visa?

Migrant workers have always been an important part of our communities and our economy. Last week a report was released with the shocking statistics that roughly half of migrant workers are receiving $15/hr or less. More startling is the fact that over 90% of these workers are not making any attempts to recover these unpaid wages. We speak with Laurie Berg, one of the authors of the report. We also speak with the NUW's George Robertson about what that union has uncovered in its work with...


RAFFWU Delegate experience

First up a word with a delegate for the newest Union the Retail and Fast Food Workers' Union and then we go to Adelaide to an Anti-Poverty Week event, where Council candidates from 11 Councils – including a Lord Mayoral candidate – came together with a clear message: local governments should advocate for their residents who are out of work and living in poverty, by adding their voices to the campaign to raise Newstart Allowance.


Change the Rules Mass Rally - Melbourne

The mass rallies to Change the Rules kicked off in Perth on Oct 18 followed by rallies in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Cairns, Mackay, Darwin, Rockhampton and Townsville on Oct 23. In this program we take you to the streets of Melbourne where 170,000 workers demanded change to the industrial laws in Australia.


The Young and the Restless - Workers Strike for Higher Pay

In addition to your weekly wrap of union news, this week we bring you two stories out of the fast food and hospitality industries. In the UK, workers at TGIFridays and Weatherspoons joined McDonalds workers to take strike action for higher pay and better jobs. One of their demands is to end youth wages, where young people are paid less for doing the same work as older workers. We also speak with Josh Cullinan from RAFFWU, about McDonald's practice of using youth wages in Australia to drive...


Unemployed Fight Back

The launch of a new report Working it out: a look at employment services in Australia which brings the unemployed person's voice to the policy table. AUWU. Per Capita and Monash University worked together to bring you this groundbreaking work.


Union Action to Change the Rules

Today we report on the mass delegates meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre held last Tuesday Sept 25. This meeting was to endorse the first of the change the rules monster rallies expected across the country. This is part of the Unions Change the Rules campagn that has anti union, anti worker governments in their sights.Sick of it Report into the experiences of young women workers in the ACT paints a grim picture of exploitation and wage theft.


Stop the TPP - Labor's Capitulation

This week we speak with Allen Hicks, the National Secretary of the ETU about the Labor party's decision to join with the Liberals and pass the legislation required to enable the TPP. Allen talks about the union's concerns about the TPP's content and the ALP's decision to wave it though. We also speak with CFMMEU official, Kevin Harkins about the Chinese plasterers at Hobart hospital who walked off the job recently after receiving no wages for several weeks. As always, we bring you a weekly...


Silica - the new asbestos

A couple of Fridays ago I was down at the CFMEU offices on Elizabeth St in Melbourne at a special presentation to Delegates in the construction industry about silicosis a lung disease that is claiming the lives of workers in their 20s and 30s, It is being called the new asbestos. We bring you an extended report from this sobering event which marks the beginning of a national campaign for a safer standard for silica exposure.


Big Steps & Queensland Wage Theft

Early Childhood Educators increase the pressure for professional pay rates with 7,000 workers, lead by United Voice, staging a nation wide walk out.Queensland Parliamentary Enquiry into wage theft is underway - Craig Garret reports.


A Tale of Two Strikes - Workers Hit the Streets

In addition to your weekly wrap of union news, this week we bring you the story of two large strikes.We speak with Paul McAleer of the MUA about the planned mobilisation in Sydney on Thursday 6 September, where several unions will turn out in support of a number of different demands. We then cross to Melbourne where we speak with Kerrie Devir (United Voice's Victorian President and Early Childhood Educator), about why she is joining the nation-wide walk off of educators on September 5 -...


Public Dentists, Death Leave & Nuclear Waste

Three reports. Community Dentists in Victoria took protected industrial action on Wednesday August 22 for more State and Federal funding for this essential health service. We turn to the call for bereavement leave for workers to be increased from 2 days to 10 days and finally report on what the South Australian MUA think about the idea of nuclear waste moving through South Australian ports.


State of the Union

Last Thursday ACT Unions called a rally in support of the Secure Local Jobs Package being put forward by the ACT Labor Government. What’s it all about? Alex White secretary of ACT Union says Canberra has a big problem with dodgy contractors winning ACT Government jobs, then ripping off workers, committing wage-theft, or disregarding workplace safety laws. We talk to Alex to find out more about why workers needed to go to the streets around the new laws. In our second report we go to The...


Downer EDI Strike & Jobs in Renewables

Today we go to the Downer EDI dispute in Queensland where workers at the unanimously voted to take industrial action over personal leave entitlements and cost of living wage increases. We then speak with Cam Walker campaign officer for Friends of the Earth about the Victorian Liberal Opposition leader’s statement that if elected he would scrap Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target. We want to know what this will mean to jobs especially in rural Victoria.


Meet Michele O'Neil

This week we bring you a special edition of Stick Together. We spoke with Michele O'Neil, who last month was elected as the new ACTU President. In an extended interview, we ask Michele about her early political activity and her time at the TCFUA. We also discuss some of the political questions facing the Australian trade union movement and the next steps in the Change the Rules campaign.


Politics & Mining

This week we have two reports that look at two perspectives on mining in Australia. We hear from Dusty a retired Hunter valley coal miner and ex CFMEU activist Dusty about a major employee privacy breach at BHP Billiton and follows up with an overview of coal mining projects in the area. We follow this with a first nation’s perspective on the Northern Territory Intervention and it’s role in opening up traditional lands to mining.


ACTU Congress & Direct Sales Workers

This week we feature a report by Stick Together’s Queensland reporter Craig Garrett on ACTU Congress 2018 held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. We follow up with a look at the National Union of Workers next step in the campaign to get a living wage for direct sales workers – you know those people on street corners asking for donations for well known charities or knock on your door asking if you want a new deal on your power service.


STRIKE! - Bus Drivers Demand a Fair Deal

This week on the show we bring you the story of the first Victorian bus strikes in more than 20 years. We take you to the picket, where 600 drivers are taking action for better pay. You'll hear from TWU officials and members about their struggle against multinational greed. We also bring you the news of the launch of the Young Workers' Hub in Queensland.As always, we bring you the regular wrap of the weekly union news, including the Irish workers engaged in the pharmacy sector's largest...


Longford Anniversary

The Esso/ Ugly dispute down in Longford, Gippsland Victoria has reached over the 374 day mark making it the longest industrial dispute in Australian history overtaking the Wonthaggi coal dispute in the 1940s coincidentally also in Gippsland. Stick Together’s Matt Kunkell joined 500 or so unionists who went down to the Longford community picket on June the 28th to show support. More about that laterNews- Laverton Cold Storage win- Unfettered powers given to private jobcentre operators over...


Penalties & Laverton Cold Store

Penalty cuts on July 1 and on Monday June 25 workers at Laverton Cold Storage in Tuginini a suburb of Melbourne started 24-hour rolling stoppages after negotiations for their first workplace agreement broke down. We speak to Junior a delegate with the NUW National Union of Workers for an insight into the dispute.