‘Clean Start’ campaign stock-xchng2006 - The voice of vulnerable workers in the changing world of work - download PDF Word
In November 2005, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference voiced its concerns about the impact of the federal government’s industrial relations changes on the poor and the vulnerable and on family life.

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Minimum Wage stock-xchng2005 - The Minimum Wage in an Age of Prosperity and Wealth - download PDF Word
This pastoral letter marks the Feast of St Joseph the Worker – a day on which we acknowledge the importance of work in the lives of individuals and their families. This day coincides with the Living Wage claim of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), currently before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC). The day is also celebrated at a time when far-reaching policy reforms are being proposed that hold implications for low paid, unemployed and underemployed workers who are seeking a fair and just wage.

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Job ads stock-xchng2004 - The human costs behind the official unemployment rate - Download PDF Word
This pastoral letter marks the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, which we celebrate in an environment of apparent prosperity and wealth. For many Australians these are bountiful times; unemployment, we are officially told, is now at its lowest since 1981. It has even been suggested that Australia is within reach of full employment.

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Casual work stock-xchng2002 - Casual work: the costs of flexibility - download PDF Word
As we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker we can be conscious of the advantages of increased flexibility in the labour force, but we should also be aware that sometimes this flexibility comes at a cost to workers and their families.  

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Living wage case stock-xchng2001 - Living Wage Case - download Word
It is fitting that in this centenary year of Australia’s Federation we recall that the establishment of the minimum wage in Australia’s infancy as a nation was one of the features that marked the new Commonwealth as a social laboratory, drawing the attention of the world. 

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