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Hazelwood power station worker Trevor Birkbeck stands on a property near the power station in Victoria, 2011. David Crosling/AAP

Hazelwood’s closure calls for a rethink on Latrobe Valley solutions

Past attempts to help Latrobe Valley workers weather economic changes haven't made a difference, so the closure of Hazelwood presents a challenge.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Why the Supreme Court matters for workers

A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.
Lunch break. Lego workers via www.shutterstock.com

Labor Day 2016: Six essential reads

Whether you're spending the holiday shopping for bargains, barbecuing with friends or striking for better pay, here are a few Labor Day highlights from our labor experts.
Since the 1990s a shift has occurred in manufacturing from developed to developing countries like China. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

The least-skilled workers are the losers in globalisation

Research shows that low-skilled workers are losing jobs and wages in developed countries because of trade, but the evidence still isn't there as to who are the winners.
Miners at Anglo Platinum’s mine in Rustenburg. The introduction of a national minimum wage may be good for South Africa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

A fresh look confirms national minimum wage would be good for South Africa

Simulations indicate that the introduction of a national minimum wage in South Africa could boost household consumption and economic growth as well as reduce inequality and poverty.
Workers in a bank watch as Occupy Wall Street protesters march in New York as part of the populist movement protesting economic inequality. Reuters/Joshua Lott

Why inequality matters – for the rich and the poor

The Marikana tragedy has indicated the violent nature of the struggles over resources and income shares. Inequality must be fought because it perpetuates social injustice.

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