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.
Donald Trump says cheap Mexican labor is hurting American workers. But isn’t it also hurting Mexican workers?
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Trump has attacked NAFTA, saying that cheap, under-regulated Mexican labor hurts American workers. If he's right, then NAFTA negotiations could be a chance to push Mexico on workers' rights.
Not only did trade union membership peak in the 1970s – so did their way of doing things.
We need to get noticed.
Once investors put their shoulders to the wheel, everything changes.
Yale University graduate students have sought to form a union for more than a decade.
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Thwarted efforts to organize at Yale and a New York nursing home show how a changing of the guard at the National Labor Relations Board could potentially end the labor movement.
Low-wage workers were strong opponents of Puzder’s nomination.
The purpose of the Labor Department is to advocate on behalf of workers. As such, it deserves a qualified leader of competence and commitment.
The strike by doctors in Kenya has been ongoing for two months, paralysing public hospitals.
Doctors in Kenya went on strike two months ago asking the government to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in June 2013.
Trump’s victory may accelerate the ‘attack on the middle class.’
Labor's decline has steadily eroded the prospects of working-class Americans, fueling the backlash that propelled Trump. His election, however, will likely deliver unions a knockout punch, hurting his supporters most.
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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.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to.
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The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.
The association representing AFL players is a good example of using a union model to give workers a voice.
In an increasingly individualised workplace, unions can no longer rely on organising tactics to survive. Instead, they need to undertake a major "rebranding".
Achieving genuine co-operation in Australian workplaces is difficult.
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
Overworked and underpaid.
Bring back collective bargaining to help fix the developing teacher crisis.
FDR’s New Deal helped end Depression-era lines like this one.
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A case before the Supreme Court could deal a major blow to unions, highlighting the need for leaders of business and labor to negotiate a new New Deal.
UAW workers are fighting back.
Labor leaders sometimes seem to concede defeat too easily, yet workers are still fighting for their place in the middle class.
According to Judge Richard Berman, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can no longer ‘dispense his own brand of industrial justice.’
In going after Tom Brady, the NFL went all-in – and now must face a new reality.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell enters the Manhattan Federal Courthouse for the first Deflategate hearing on August 12.
In what's looking more and more like a power grab, the NFL and Goodell may have overplayed their hand.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and slugger Giancarlo Stanton are all smiles as Stanton signs his $325 million deal.
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In baseball history, nine players have signed guaranteed contracts worth over $200 million. Five of those contracts have been for ten years. Two of the five belong to Alex Rodriguez; the others include…
Too much, almost inevitably.
Energy prices are rising, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the profits of the handful of large energy supply companies are rising too. While it can be argued that there is no direct causal relationship…
The ‘brittle’ side of industrial relations: CFMEU members in dispute with their employer, Energy Australia.
Over the course of the last few months, industrial relations has once again become a major issue on the national political agenda. Allegations of union corruption, uncompetitive wage deals, inflexible…