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.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
The Supreme Court could kill collective bargaining throughout the country, making workers worse off and exacerbating inequality.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
It will take 217 years for women to achieve equal pay at the current rate.
Labour movements on both sides of the Atlantic have a rich history that's worth rereading now.
The number of days lost to strikes are near all-time lows since records began.
Proposed changes to South Africa's labour laws would make it almost impossible to strike and render the planned national minimum wage unenforceable.
Employers increasingly expect employees to take responsibility for ensuring a healthy work-life balance.
Around the world, McDonald’s is known for its staunch and well-resourced attempt to remain 'union free'.
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.