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On the march. David Jones / PA Archive

How relevant are the TUC and unions today?

A century on from the UK's only ever general strike, the major federation for organised labour in Britain must learn to be more effective.
Historically, the CFA was a voluntary organisation. But with increasing urbanisation, there are pressures to increase the number of career firefighters. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

What’s the Victorian government’s dispute with the CFA about? And how will it affect the election?

Malcolm Turnbull is using Victoria's long-running enterprise bargaining dispute between the CFA and firefighters' union to highlight the Liberals' credentials to challenge union militancy.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis announce the findings of the trade union royal commission in December 2015. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Sorting the gems from the dung in the royal commission on union corruption

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.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female. AAP

Why wooing women is the way forward for trade unions

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. Shutterstock

They’re the voice: how workers can be heard when unions are on the wane

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.
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission. AAP/Joel Carrett

Explainer: what are the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills?

To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?

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