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On industrial relations policy, the Coalition and Labor offer starkly different choices this election. AAP/Nic Ellis

How the major parties stack up on industrial relations policy

At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
CFMMEU workers protest on September 6, demanding the abolition of the federal government’s Australian Building and Construction Commission. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

What the stoush between the federal government and the CFMMEU is really about (spoiler: there’s an election coming)

The stand-off between the Morrison government and one of the country's largest unions, the CFMMEU, should be seen as a contest of politics and ideology rather than simply one of industrial relations.
Students take part in protests in support of the university pensions strikes. PA

Why workers go on strike

A strike around a specific employment issue can easily develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.

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