NUW in the news

Coverage of campaigns and workers' stories in the press.


Your up to date index of news stories relating to NUW activities and campaigns.  Articles date from 2010 onwards.



03/07/2019, The Weekly Times, NUW attacks Fonterra over decision to close Dennington dairy factory

26/06/2019, The Weekly Times, Victorian Government tells Fonterra Australia to seel factory to Dairy companies

07/06/2019, Australian Financial Review, New union fit for 'precarious world of late stage capitalism'

23/05/2019, The Red Flag, Campaign launched to defend sacked call centre delegate

23/05/2019, The Standard, National Union of Workers calls for job promises when industry recovers

17/05/2019, Equal Times, Australian unions seek to “balance the power of the powerful” in historic election

15/05/2019, The Australian Journal of Pharmaceuticals, Meds left out in the heat allege union workers

10/05/2019, The Sydney Morning Herald, Underpayment as business model: what is wage theft?

03/05/2019, ABC News, Coles and Woolworths urged to boycott suppliers linked to the exploitation of migrant workers

28/03/2019, Sydney Morning Herald, Stunning win for Chemist Warehouse workers on both wages and labour hire

24/03/2019, Sydney Morning Herald, Chemist warehouse stores running low in stock as strikers allegedly targeted

14/03/2019, ABC News, Freedom Foods accused of underpaying, exploiting migrant workers in Shepparton Dairy

11/03/2019, Red Flag, Warehouse workers strike at industry giant

27/02/2019, Sydney Morning Herald, Amazon Hires permanent employees after complaints about casual work

30/01/2019, Brisbane Times, Employers warned over privacy breaches when staff take domestic violence leave

21/01/2019, Australian Journal of Pharamceuticals, Fresh CWH Union Allegations



03/12/2018, Sydney Morning Herald, Farmers using black market labour

22/11/2018, ABC Gippsland, Industrial action at Saputo dairy processing plants

21/11/2018, SBS Khmer, What is an enterprise bargaining agreement?

15/11/2018, Overland, How to organise a call centre

13/11/2018, Green Left Weekly, Call Unite Against Racism

12/11/2018, Australian Financial Review, Woolworths faces shareholder resolution on labour rights

5/11/2018, Red Flag, Call centre workers get organised

29/10/2018, Guardian Australia, Third of Australian Workers paid half of minimum wage

22/10/2018, The Weekly Times, Thousands Rally in Melbourne for pay rise and better working conditions

14/10/2018, Sydney Morning Herald, We have the same rights: exploited migrant workers win big payout

20/08/2018, Full-Time jobs cut but no forced redundancies at Blayney's Nestle plant

30/07/2018, World Socialist, Australia: Report reveals 'Harvest Trail' exploitation of overseas workers

29/07/2018, Sydney Morning Herald, Migrant farm workers launch landmark $10m legal claim

22/06/2018, ABC News, We can't afford to pay it: farmers warn of grocery price rises if unions win horticultural wage hike

04/06/2018, The West Australian, Perth Woman part of low-wage class action

03/06/2018, Sydney Morning Herald, Multimillion-dollar wage theft group actions to be files in Federal Court

19/05/2018, Sydney Morning Herald, Key farm scheme badly rorted, migrant workers paid $8 an hour

10/05/2018, Jacobin, The Melbourne March

03/02/2018, Green Left Weekly, Ridley Agri Workers walk off the job over poor conditions

20/01/2018, The Guardian, Amazon's labour-hire deal and the impact on collective bargaining



28/11/2017, SBS News, $100m wage theft, class action launched

28/11/2018, The New Daily, 'Exploited' Telstra and Foxtel salespeople launch historic class action

22/11/2017, Sydney Morning Herald, Woolworths workers win big wage rises, farm supply chain gets overhauled

27/10/2017, The Weekly Times, NUW 'cautiously welcomes' Murray Goulburn's sale to Saputo'

21/10/2017, Sydney Morning Herald, Woolworths faces wave of warehouse strikes over pay and job security

18/10/2017, The Weekly Times, Illegal worker amnesty: unions AWU and NUW back farmer bid

06/10/2017, Sydney Morning Herald, Unions and super funds up ante on human rights abuses



13/12/2016, The Sydney Morning Herald, Landmark legal action over farm underpayment

18/11/2016, The Sydney Morning Herald, Workers pay price as charities turn their back

16/11/2016, ABC News, Supermarkets must step up to exploitation

15/11/2016, Sydney Morning Herald, Another supermarket fruit supplier caught underpaying migrants

27/07/2016, ABC News, Coles food distribution centre workers strike over pay, job security

19/05/2016, Guardian Australia, Coalition plan on wage theft falls short

06/03/2016, The Sydney Morning Herald, Workers at Woolworths Supplier paid a pittance, threatened



01/10/2015, SBS News, Australia's treatment of Kiwis is appalling

15/09/2015, Overland, Absorbing Corbyn

09/09/2015, New Matilda, Who Ya Gonna Call When Workers Get Ignored And Exploited?

21/07/2015, Overland, Hoping Against History

19/06/2015, New Matilda, Our Meat Market for Workers: How Coles And Woolworths Benefit From Worker Exploitation

11/06/2015, New Matilda, A couple of questions for Joe 'Good Job' Hockey

11/05/2015, Bendigo Advertiser, Hazeldenes factory rejects union claims of underpayment

05/05/2015, ABC News, Action promised to clamp down on labour hire companies

05/05/2015, The Sydney Morning Herald, Migrant Workers in slave-like conditions - ABCs Four Corners

05/05/2015, The Age, Food sector workers weighed down by supply chain

04/05/2015, Daily Mail Australia, What young migrants are forced to endure on Australian Farms

04/05/2015, ABC News, Australia's fresh food workforce: how does it operate and who is involved?

30/03/2015, Overland, Wage Rage and Penalty Rates

27/03/2015, The Age, Gone with a text. The demise and possible rise of unions

27/02/2015, Overland, Greek Lessons

Spring, Overland, Fair Australia Prize Editorial


28/4/2014, The Weekly Review, Welfare organisation workers cry foul

16/2/2014, Wall Street Journal, Caterpillar accused of pressuring temporary staff

16/2/2014, The Age, Union accuses Caterpillar of bullying its casual workers

22/1/2014, ABC, Concern over migrant worker exploitation

12/1/2014, Sydney Morning Herald, Bully, underpay claims about charity call centre

7/1/2014, Working Life, How fair are our unfair dismissal laws?


16/12/2013, Herald Sun, Slave wage outrage

16/12/2013, Herald Sun, Woolworths subcontractor accused of paying employees $3 an hour

11/12/2013, Maribyrnong Leader, Union push for pay parity points to empty shelves

4/11/2013, Pay breakthrough sees Woolworths warehouse workers return to work

03/11/2013, Daily Telegraph, Penny Palmer shows misogyny still alive in Australia in 2013

02/11/2013, Border Mail, Woolies workers claim fair pay win

31/10/2013, ABC, Woolies warehouse workers reject pay offer

29/10/2013, Border Mail, Woolies workers protest outside Wodonga store

28/10/2013, Prime News, Striking workers to target supermarkets

28/10/2013, Hobson Bay Weekly, Linfox reinstates union delegates

28/10/2013, Border Mail, Woolies' city staff bolster Barnawartha strike

26/10/2013, Border Mail, Workers ask shoppers to drop Woolies

25/10/2013, Lip magazine, A first-person account of alleged workplace bullying

25/10/2013, Prime News, Warehouse closes as workers strike

25/10/2013, Seven News, Woolies workers stage strike

25/10/2013, ABC, Workers stage protest at Woolworths warehouse

25/10/2013, Lip Magazine, A first person account of alleged bullying

24/10/2013, Border Mail, Woolworths workers walking off the job

18/10/2013, The Guardian, Australia's Kleenex workers - used for dirty jobs

18/10/2013, The Drum, Australia's second class of insecure workers

18/10/2013, The Age, Linfox workers stood down

17/10/2013, Wyndham Weekly, Linfox workers protest in Truganina over bullying

16/10/2013, The Age, Protest over alleged culture of bullying

27/9/2013, The Age, Man sacked after wearing Hawks jumper to work

26/9/2013, Bendigo Advertiser, Empire Rubber trial begins

16/9/2013, Dandenong Journal, Hafele defends safety claim

03/9/2013, ABC, Coalition's job security campaign contradictions

28/8/2013,, Voters want help for insecure workers

28/8/2013,, Why aren't Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott listening?

06/08/2013, Lip magazine, Advocating for female workers' rights worldwide - it's the same battle

02/08/2013, Birdee, My boss asked me to strip for him

24/7/2013, Hunter Valley News, United we stand

19/7/2013, Eden Magnet, Eden explosive workers walk off the job

18/7/2013, Toowoomba Chronicle,  Union reacts to explosive situation

18/7/2013,The Australian, Munitions workers at defence contractor Thales walk off the job

8/7/2013, A Current Affair, Sacked

10/6/2013, Herald Sun, Cancer survivor Lisa Milkovic sacked by Priceline

22/5/3013, ABC 774 Drive, Victorian Secretary, Tim Kennedy, calls on GlaxoSmithKline to return public funding

22/5/2013, The Age, Drug giant takes state cash, axes jobs

22/5/2013, Herald Sun, GlaxoSmithKline axes 120 jobs

20/5/2013, Geelong Advertiser, Machine grabs man

20/5/2013, The Age, Owner of Lilydale and Steggles charged after worker's decapitation

13/5/2013, Radio National Bush Telegraph, Dairy farmers call for end to minimum three hour shift

24/4/2013, Radio National Drive, Casual workers fear losing work after sexual harassment

23/4/2013, Wyndham Weekly, Linfox worker won't accept sacking

21/3/2013, Radio Adelaide, Adelaide stationery workers angry loss of contract could cost jobs

20/3/2013, Adelaide Advertiser, Protesters rally after OfficeMax wins SA contract

19/3/2013, Maribyrnong Weekly, Coles Laverton distribution centre staff win fight for fair share

14/3/2013, Lip Magazine, Insecure work: the new attack on working women

13/3/2013, ABC Radio National Drive, Workers' Reality: No sick leave, no holiday pay and $9/h

19/2/2013, Brimbank Weekly, Cold store workers fight for fairer pay

16/2/2013, Central Western Daily, Unions vow to fight for Electrolux workers

30/1/2013, Portside Messenger, Local jobs could go

22/1/2013, Geelong Advertiser, Please, please give me a regular job

21/1/2013, The Punch, This election, the economy is not just a numbers game

21/1/2013, The Punch, This is what life is like for the "underemployed"


10/12/2012, Dandenong Leader, Waterwheel jobs in jeopardy

19/10/2012, The Age, Bragging rights for the poorly paid

8/10/2012, The Age, Staff at food plant allege years of bullying

22/8/2012, The Age, Unions criticise Australia Post's Walmart connection

9/8/2012, The Age, Biscuit plant closure to cost 105 jobs

28/7/2012, Green Left Weekly, Coles workers accept new agreement after strike

23/7/2012,, Coles warehouse workers accept deal

17/7/2012, The Age, More strikes hit blood plasma giant CSL

16/7/2012, Crikey, Coles strike-breakers: who's who at the Somerton stand-off

11/7/2012, ABC, Toll says striking Coles workers breaking the law

11/7/2012, The Age, Strike-action fear as Coles moves against workers

10/7/2012, ABC, Hundreds of Coles workers go on strike

10/7/2012, The Age, Coles trucks likely to face picket line

10/7/2012, Financial Review, Workers picket Coles warehouse

2/7/2012, The Age, Injured workers spied on by transport giant Toll

8/6/2012, The Age, Casual workers forced to wear barcodes

30/3/2012, Crikey, Week old chicken sent 'back to supermarket shelves'

14/3/2012, Sydney Morning Herald, Sigma seeks help to end strike action

23/2/2012, The Australian, Key union urges end to strike ballots by workers



  • 27/5/2011 - 9 News - Golden Circle cuts 160 jobs

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  • 27/5/2011 - Courier Mail - 160 Golden Circle workers lose jobs as Northgate factory ends beetroot line

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  • 27/5/2011 - The Chronicle - Golden Circle sackings shock staff

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  • 23/5/2011 - USA Today - Heinz Plans up to 1000 job cuts, profits climb

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  • 3/5/2011 - Courier Mail - NUW and other unions at Labour Day in Brisbane

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  • 3/5/2011 - Northern Times - More photos of the NUW at Brisbane's Labour Day rally.

View article here.

13/4/20011 - Herald Sun - Article about Dennis harsh treatment by Swift management after his foot was crushed by a forklift at work 18 months ago.

View article here.

January 2010

  • 15/1/2010 - Channel Ten - footage of NUW mass meeting at Baxter for Ingham's employees
  • 16/1/2010 - Australian Financial Review - Ingham's article click here  AFR

February 2010



News items on Lance Pedersen being sacked from Golden Circle



9/7/2010 - The Courier Mail, Strike Action at Brisbane Airport. Click here




Star Hume, Woolworths dispute click here