Malcolm Turnbull featured prominently at a recent volunteer firefighter rally on the steps of Victorian state parliament.
With a popular state Labor government and premier in charge, the economy picking up speed and the state budget in substantial surplus, federal Labor had every reason to see Victoria as its own.
It is rare for unions and the ACTU to completely get their own way in policy.
The ACTU's main election campaign focus is to target 28 marginal Coalition seats, including 11 in NSW and six in Queensland: the key battleground states.
Lobby groups have a lot to lose or gain in elections.
Lobbying in Australia is a multi-billion dollar industry which employs a sophisticated strategy to win public opinion and political favours for its clients or members. Here's how.
Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna.
Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the world. The retailer's size means it has huge influence on labor standards. A Dartmouth historian profiles the women who are pushing Walmart to improve.
Time to punch in.
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The new regulation will allow millions more U.S. workers to qualify for overtime pay. Our experts assess the impact.
Up in arms.
Moves to criminalise sex work are facing tough opposition from those in the industry.
Uber chief Travis Kalanick has agreed the company will create and fund a driver’s association as part of a recent class action settlement.
Uber's move to establish a drivers association is akin to the 'yellow unions' of the 1930s.
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.