More than 26,000 United Voice members across the country have spoken about issues which affect them most outside of the workplace, launching the Real Voices for Change campaign.
The number one issue, voted by 33 per cent of participants, was the rising cost of living in particular housing.
This was closely followed by healthcare costs (ranked the number 1 issue by 20% of participants), job security, low wages and finally retirement and superannuation.
United Voice member Matt said he chose to be involved with the Real Voices campaign because he wants to see to the current system of how things are done.Read more
Business groups like the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Industry Group, are calling for the minimum wage increase to be minimised or deferred this year.
They claim higher penalty rates, apprentice wages and superannuation levies are hitting them hard.
"With employment growth very slow for most of last year and not looking all that healthy as we head into 2014, we need to avoid adding to costs," AiGroup chief executive Innes Willox said.
But these ‘added costs’ are keeping people, like cleaner Gamal Babiker, from slipping into poverty.Read more
United Voice members in the disability sector are concerned about what could happen to quality and conditions in their workplaces if the National Disability Insurance Scheme is privatised.
The NDIS is currently under investigation by the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, which is chaired by the Head of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Sheperd.
The 'Commission of Cuts' has indicated they intend to investigate whether the NDIS can be privately operated.Read more