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Modern working conditions are forcing unions to alter the way they are structured. Search Results Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation

Three strategies unions are considering for their survival

There are some different strategies unions are now considering to help these organisations survive in a changing economy.
Technology can help workers in many ways. Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.

Introducing ‘Operator 4.0,’ a tech-augmented human worker

People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
Despite the prominence given to underemployment, ‘overemployment’ is more pervasive in Australia. AAP/Julian Smith

Push for longer hours makes headlines, but more Australians want to work less

Australia's labour market does a relatively good job of accommodating the preferences of the majority of workers. But that's not to say there's no-one who wouldn't prefer to work more – or less.
There are reasons to believe the promise of people analytics may not live up to the hype. shutterstock

Why algorithms won’t necessarily lead to utopian workplaces

Despite its promises, people analytics has serious ethical implications and can adversely affect organisations and how people are treated at work.
Hazelwood power station worker Trevor Birkbeck stands on a property near the power station in Victoria, 2011. David Crosling/AAP

Hazelwood’s closure calls for a rethink on Latrobe Valley solutions

Past attempts to help Latrobe Valley workers weather economic changes haven't made a difference, so the closure of Hazelwood presents a challenge.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Why the Supreme Court matters for workers

A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.

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