Victoria is set to become only the third jurisdiction to introduce industrial manslaughter laws, behind the ACT and Queensland.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
The merged union will especially benefit members of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.
Super unions allow for more resources to be put into building union membership and other union activities.
Despite public perception, figures indicate that white collar workers are more likely to be a member of a union than people working in traditionally blue collar professions.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
Malcolm Turnbull and member-elect for the federal seat of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, speak to the media as they walk through central Brisbane.
The political and fiscal vice in which Malcolm Turnbull is now caught was neatly illustrated by a coincidence of timing in these early post-election days.
Residents are concerned that a redevelopment of the historic Bondi Pavilion is designed to privatise public space.
The story of the Builders Labourers Federation campaigns that saved historic locations and green spaces in the 1970s still speaks to contemporary Australians' concerns about urban development.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
While Bill Shorten insists Labor has zero tolerance for instances of union thuggery and corruption, he tends to minimise the issue.
Bill Shorten should be praying those pesky crossbenchers give in to Malcolm Turnbull and pass the government's industrial legislation.
The return of the ABCC legislation might be a double dissolution trigger.
The key issues from the Royal Commission into union activities were about governance, but these are not being addressed.
The CFMEU says corruption within the building industry should be referred to the police for prosecution, but the government is looking to a revived ABCC.
Recent investigations into the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) by the ABC and Fairfax have revealed relationships between rogue union officials, underworld figures and outlaw motorcycle…