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Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions. ABC

FactCheck Q&A: have 90% of Labor MPs worked in trade unions?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
Workers’ falling share of national income is helping to fuel the trade union campaign to ‘change the rules’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

To tackle inequality, we must start in the labour market

While government payments and programs go some way to reducing inequality, the transformation of the labour market and its institutions has cut workers' share of the pie to historic lows.
In recent years casual work has been a fairly stable part of the labour market, one that provides a pathway to permanent work. Shutterstock

Five questions (and answers) about casual employment

As political and legal fights over casual work crank up, it's worth busting some myths, such as the idea that it is becoming more common.
McManus says the present industrial relations system has “excessive, unnecessary and sometimes confusing rules” that hamper parties reaching agreement. Julian Smith/AAP

ACTU push for industry bargaining increases pressure on Labor

There are 750,000 fewer workers under enterprise agreements now than when the Coalition was elected, McManus says in her speech to the John Curtin Research Centre.
Interviewed on 2GB Morrison seized on an offensive Father’s Day tweet from John Setka, Victorian state secretary of CFMMEU’s construction and general division. Joe Castro/AAp

View from The Hill: To whack the CFMMEU, Morrison needs first to get the right stick

The Liberals have for years sought to make Shorten’s union background and associations work for them. They haven’t so far had anything like the success they hoped. The question is, can Morrison?
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, speaks outside the Supreme Court AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Teachers’ activism will survive the Janus Supreme Court ruling

The Janus decision by the Supreme Court is a serious legal and financial blow to unions and their hundreds of thousands of members. But it will not kill public-employee unions or teachers' unions.
One of the paradoxes of wage policy is that ultimately governments are held responsible and blamed for poor results, but governments are but one player in a complex system of wage adjustment. Lukas Coch/AAP

Governments shouldn’t be so hasty in declaring victory on wages policy

History tells us governments do not always get what they wish for, and in fact often perverse outcomes flow from policy choices.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices. AP Photo/David Goldman)

Here’s how workers would spend the corporate tax cut – if they had a voice

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.

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