Teachers are now more the ‘union heartland’ than blue-collar workers. Union membership in the education and training sector is about 33%, compared with 15% generally.
Teacher unions have a thing or two to teach the the union movement about how to succeed when strikes don't work.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
Pro-democracy activists march in Hong Kong in May 2019 to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
Back in 1989, workers joined students in pro-democracy protests. Now students are joining workers agitating for better conditions.
The average rate of unionisation in OECD nations fell from 46% to 27% of the workforce between 1980 and 2015.
The global evidence from more than 300 studies on the economic impact of unionisation shows unions do not, overall, reduce productivity.
On industrial relations policy, the Coalition and Labor offer starkly different choices this election.
At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
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Progress on gender pay issues in finance especially has been too slow, fragmented and uneven.
Market forces are unlikely to lift wage growth higher without help.
Wage growth has been at near depression levels for half a decade. It needs a push.
South African workers protesting against a proposed minimum wage earlier this year.
Proposed changes to South African labour laws threaten to set back workers rights.
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A critical review of research into inequality shows the formula for reducing it is surprisingly simple.
CFMMEU workers protest on September 6, demanding the abolition of the federal government’s Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The stand-off between the Morrison government and one of the country's largest unions, the CFMMEU, should be seen as a contest of politics and ideology rather than simply one of industrial relations.
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The UK desperately needs a more robust system to lift standards in low paid sectors and protect workers.
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And it doesn't involve immigrant bashing. Quite the opposite.
Nevada unions have been successful in part because of their political engagement.
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While the Supreme Court's Janus ruling dealt a blow to organized labor, three lessons from Nevada's unions suggest things aren't as bleak as they appear.
Often portrayed as an old plodding cart house, can the TUC become agile again?
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Brexit could erode workers’ wages and conditions, particularly if the British government deregulates employment laws and undercuts EU standards.
Hugh Masekela performing in 2015.
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The protest song "Stimela" remains as much a song about present and future aspirations, as it is of the past.
Students take part in protests in support of the university pensions strikes.
A strike around a specific employment issue can easily develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.
Labor’s candidate for the Batman byelection, Ged Kearney, is a past president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions.
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The Supreme Court could kill collective bargaining throughout the country, making workers worse off and exacerbating inequality.
As ACTU secretary, Sally McManus has proven effective at elevating the debate over workplace reform.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.