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.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices.
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Although over 200 CEOs have promised to share windfalls from the recent tax cut with their employers – something the president is likely to bring up in the State of the Union – research suggests workers aren't holding their breath.
The Working Time Directive is designed to stop this kind of behaviour.
The Working Time Directive enshrines legal rights to rest periods, paid holidays and a maximum 48-hour working week.
South African public sector workers march for higher pay.
Proposed changes to South Africa's labour laws would make it almost impossible to strike and render the planned national minimum wage unenforceable.
Companies with no-tipping policies can affect customer satisfaction.
Some observers say we should eliminate tipping in restaurants because of the negative impact on workers. But how do customers feel about that?
The bulk of potential new jobs associated with automation at Amazon are unlikely to happen in Australia - but rather where robots are developed and manufactured.
The arrival of Amazon in Australia may signal a change in how we navigate industrial relations and workers rights.
Wages are low among hospitality workers, who are disproportionately female.
Women in minimum wage jobs earn 10% less than their male peers. Wages are systematically lower in jobs more commonly held by women.
Who will be left holding the potato?
The House just passed its version of the tax plan, which includes about US$1 trillion in cuts for corporations. The question, who will be left holding the potato?
Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his workers voted to unionize.
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Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his employees voted to unionize. Is what he did legal? And how could similar events be prevented in the future?
BMW recently opened a factory for aging workers in southern Germany.
Employers who cater for their ageing workforce will get better staff productivity and engagement levels
Chrysler auto assembly workers work on the line assembling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in Detroit, Michigan.
The administration's objectives for NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico, set to begin in August, will do little to help American workers, let alone create shared prosperity across the continent.
Modern working conditions are forcing unions to alter the way they are structured.
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There are some different strategies unions are now considering to help these organisations survive in a changing economy.
A new generation of workers has underpinned a successful election for Jeremy Corbyn. But can they be harnessed to recreate the power of the poll tax protests?
Iranians want their country to remain open to economic and social opportunities, including by looking to the West.
Jobs and labour rights are at the centre of the candidates' campaigns in the Iranian presidential election.
Jeremy Corbyn launches the Labour manifesto.
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With the Conservatives trying to muscle in on traditional Labour territory by painting themselves as the party of workers, it's worth taking a closer look at their promises.
It is important to take serious the increasing risk of those who work but remain in poverty. When the population feels that it is losing even if it respects the rules of the game, populism increases.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
No one likes taxes.
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As tax day approaches, here's a primer on how your dollars help fund the U.S. government, and how your share has probably increased.
Without loyalty, employees don’t go the extra mile that’s needed to make a business competitive.
Breach of a psychological contract in the workplace can irreparably damage relationships and produce a number of undesirable outcomes.
Workers don’t have much recourse if they are underpaid by a franchise.
The obstacles workers face in successfully pursuing their entitlements and the inadequacy of our current penalties to deter underpayments means problems with franchises will remain.