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.
Supporters of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party.
South African labour unions have shown themselves to be effective in translating the prescripts of the law into benefits for their members. This is particularly true in the public sector.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis announce the findings of the trade union royal commission in December 2015.
Unions may well feel justifiably aggrieved by the findings – and impact – of the trade union royal commission, but there are nonetheless lessons to be learnt from them.
The Transport Workers' Union is one of the three most influential unions within the ALP.
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female.
Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.
Regardless of the channels through which it is done, most employees want to have a say in how their workplaces are run.
Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
Just after the second world war, union membership was almost 65% of the workforce. Now it is just 15%.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.
Employees need to have more say at work, which means tackling all forms of corruption and law-breaking.
Workplace democracy is declining, but the idea that this is the fault solely of unions or employers is misguided. Widespread reform is needed.
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission.
To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?
Struggling to get new members, unions are looking at new recruitment methods and options to bolster their numbers.
With union membership at just 15% of the workforce and declining, trade unions are looking at new ways to build their membership bases.
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.
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Bill Shorten will on Monday announce a number of proposals aimed at stamping out union corruption.
Tougher penalties and a central role for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission are key parts of Labor's policy to crack down on union corruption.
People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work.
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South Africa is far from being the non-racial, classless society envisaged by 1970s activists.
The egalitarian society envisioned by political activists and thinkers Rick Turner and Steve Biko has not been realised. But, they continue to inspire critiques of post-apartheid South Africa.
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The new precariat.
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Many young people are part of the precariat – in low-paid insecure work.