Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
The Prices and Incomes Accord was a series of agreements between Labor and the ACTU where unions would moderate their wage demands in exchange for improvements in the 'social wage'.
A major shift to an industrial relations model that benefits all parties will only happen with the utmost co-operation of Australian workers, unions and – most crucially – employers.
There is little chance of industrial unrest on the the scale of the 1970s, but Labour still has to tread carefully.
Theresa May has dropped her pledge to put workers on company boards. It's a big concession to vested business interests.
A century on from the UK's only ever general strike, the major federation for organised labour in Britain must learn to be more effective.
The new prime minister has suggested putting employee representatives on company boards. But how serious is she about the idea?
The idea of hitting voters with a powerful message on election day is just the culmination of three trends in Australian campaign communication that have been brewing for decades.
Malcolm Turnbull is using Victoria's long-running enterprise bargaining dispute between the CFA and firefighters' union to highlight the Liberals' credentials to challenge union militancy.
The bulk of Britain's unions are campaigning to stay in the European Union – but they'll be hard pressed to secure workers' rights.
The story of the Builders Labourers Federation campaigns that saved historic locations and green spaces in the 1970s still speaks to contemporary Australians' concerns about urban development.
In an increasingly individualised workplace, unions can no longer rely on organising tactics to survive. Instead, they need to undertake a major "rebranding".
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
South African labour unions have shown themselves to be effective in translating the prescripts of the law into benefits for their members. This is particularly true in the public sector.
Unions may well feel justifiably aggrieved by the findings – and impact – of the trade union royal commission, but there are nonetheless lessons to be learnt from them.
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.
Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.
Workplace democracy is declining, but the idea that this is the fault solely of unions or employers is misguided. Widespread reform is needed.