Melbourne CBD shut down as tens of thousands march in union protest | Australia news

Thousands of workers have shut down part of Melbourne’s CBD, saying the federal coalition can keep its slated tax cuts for low-and middle-income workers. Wednesday’s march was part of a nationwide “Change the Rules” union campaign to demand better pay and work conditions. The latest action comes after the federal …

Retail sales disappoint in March as consumers shut their wallets again

Retail sales disappoint in March as consumers shut their wallets again

Updated May 08, 2018 16:35:36 Photo: Discretionary retailing continues to suffer as consumers feel the pinch from low wage growth. (ABC News, file photo) Australian retailers are continuing to suffer at the hands of reluctant shoppers, with another disappointing month of sales in March. Key points: Weak retail sales over …

‘Family-run drug syndicate’ shut down after police seize $10m worth of GHB chemicals

‘Family-run drug syndicate’ shut down after police seize $10m worth of GHB chemicals

Updated May 03, 2018 14:30:32 Photo: Victoria Police said the seizure was a record haul for the state. (Supplied: Victoria Police) Police have used forklifts to seize thousands of litres of chemicals used to make the drug GHB, in one of the largest such seizures in Victoria’s history. Officers said …

Perth Airport link tunnel borer machine shut down after ‘ground disturbances’

Perth Airport link tunnel borer machine shut down after ‘ground disturbances’

Updated March 19, 2018 19:03:43 Photo: The machine was shut down last month after ground disturbances at the airport. (Supplied: WA Government) Related Story: Machines begin work on airport link tunnel as unions raise concerns over cost-cutting One of the two tunnel boring machines (TBM) being used to create the …

Perth Airport link tunnelling work stalls as second boring machine shut down

Perth Airport link tunnelling work stalls as second boring machine shut down

Posted March 28, 2018 18:29:35 Photo: Both of the boring machines on the rail link project are now idle. (Supplied: WA Government) Related Story: Minister’s boring admission: ‘Exciting’ airport tunnel spruiked just days after machine shut down Related Story: Airport link tunnel borer shut down for a month after ‘ground …

Childcare centres shut doors as workers strike over pay

Childcare centres shut doors as workers strike over pay

Updated March 27, 2018 09:30:48 Photo: Childcare workers rally for higher pay in Melbourne in September. (ABC News: James Oaten, file photo) Related Story: ‘Frustrated’ childcare workers to walk off the job over low wages Related Story: ‘No common sense at all’: Anger over excess of childcare centres Hundreds of …

Minister spruiked Perth Airport rail tunnel progress days after boring machine shut down

Minister spruiked Perth Airport rail tunnel progress days after boring machine shut down

Updated March 20, 2018 21:15:28 Photo: Ms Safiotti spruiked the project in February, days after being told TBM Grace had been shut down. (ABC News: Marcus Alborn) Just over a month ago, Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti donned hard hats and high-visibility clothing to talk up the …