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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
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.
Angry rhetoric won’t get us anywhere.
Presidential candidates are using voter anger to fuel more divisions and discord rather than to start a conversation about the collapse of collective bargaining.
There was enormous growth in casual employment prior to 1998.
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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) said that casual employment has not increased in Australia for the past 18 years. Is that right?
Inspired by the French strike, sex workers around the world continue to protest for better rights and conditions.
It’s been more than 40 years since a French sex workers strike kicked off a lively global human rights movement, but their legacy lives on.
Uber drivers gather outside Uber San Diego to protest against a 30% driver fee cut.
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Unions are in a self-described crisis. The well-known tale of union decline in Australia continues with the latest figures revealing less than 15% of workers are members of unions, with that dropping to…
The UK's productivity problem has the country lagging behind its G7 peers. An overlooked solution is to empower workers.
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.
Not an ‘assembly line’?
They employ thousands and are highly commercial, and increasingly their staff are turning to unions.
Air France directors weren't the only ones left exposed, after protests over jobs turned violent.
United we stand. But are gender divides behind the fall of unions?
Evidence shows that the rise of women in British workplaces has coincided with the decline or organised labour. If only the unions would face up to it.
The new precariat.
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Many young people are part of the precariat – in low-paid insecure work.
How can workers fight for higher wages in today’s economy?
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The chorus chanting 'America needs a raise!' will undoubtedly grow as Labor Day approaches. They're not wrong, but America needs more than that.
Signing the China FTA was just the start.
Exporters like Australia's trade agreements, but the public will take more convincing on the benefits.
What happened to America’s working class?
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One reason for widening inequality is the decline of unions, which in turn is partly the result of the gradual elimination of the "working class" from our vocabulary.
Kevin Rudd was portrayed as interfering, micro-managing and bullying in his first stint as prime minister – but some painted a different picture.
Whose "truth" best explains the implosion of the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments? Multiple "truths" are presented in the ABC's The Killing Season as we continue to pick over that era's debris.
Steam power. Do railway unions have a unique advantage in pay deals?
The RMT's successful negotiation will be envied, but the union has advantages few of its peers can rival as bargaining power is slowly diluted.