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It’s not easy to walk away from an abusive relationship without the support of a flexible employer. AAP Image/Angela Brkic

Paid domestic violence leave: how do other countries do it?

It's uncommon internationally for workers to have a statutory right to paid domestic violence leave, but things may be shifting.
Miners were fired by a sense of solidarity but also by dangerous working conditions, which produced high death and injury rates. Janet Lindenmuth/Flickr

Coal and industrial relations: how miners secured workers’ rights

Miners were among the first workers to organise into trade unions from the middle of the 1700s, battling a lack of legal recognition and resistance from the mine owners.
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year. AAP/Angus Livingston

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission. AAP/Joel Carrett

Explainer: what are the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills?

To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?
Are the terrible working conditions in the creative industries inevitable? Chris Maris

Mental health woes are rife in the arts – no wonder

People who work in the arts often accept terrible working conditions and low (or non-existent) pay as the price of admission – and that has a real impact on mental health.
ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the China Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true? AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: could the China-Australia FTA lock out Australian workers?

ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the recently signed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true?
Chinese workers are often aided by NGOs and usually receive little to no help from the main Chinese trade union. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

China’s growing labour movement offers hope for workers globally

The growing labour movement in China, as fragmented and repressed as it is, offers hope for workers everywhere as an example of organising against incredible odds.

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