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.
Since the mid 1970s and especially since the 1980s the job market changed and so did how our wages are set.
Austraila’s minimum wages now operate in relative isolation. Until the 1990s they were part of an inter-connected system.
Unionists protesting the reduced role of the Industrial Relations Commission after the introduction of the work choices legislation in 2006.
Even though enterprise bargaining agreements proved controversial when introduced, their use is actually in decline today.
The Howard-era WorkChoices redefined the terms around which the debate on workplace relations reform has been couched.
Echoes of WorkChoices? The Coalition is keen to avoid any whiff of the failed policy, but some of the Productivity Commission's recommendations have a strong flavour of it.
Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates.
Sunday penalty rates will go under Productivity Commission recommendations, but overall our workplace system was basically operating well, it found.
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…