Australia’s protection, even celebration, of ‘free riders’ in industrial relations is driving union membership down to US levels.
How do you measure the productivity of a hairdresser, or a teacher, or an aged care worker? It’s harder than you might think.
The trade union movement’s proposal to allow ‘multi-employer’ collective bargaining has won crucial support from small business advocates.
Who’s allowed to ask to work from home – and who isn’t? This is what unions are arguing for to extend that right to more people.
Academics described their universities as exploitative, oppressive, toxic and fiscally driven. They felt themselves being dehumanised and demoralised by management. Most reported feelings of burnout.
Beyond arguing for an increased minimum wage, the new Albanese government needs to fix an outdated system that’s failing our lowest-paid workers – especially women.
Lifting wages will be a priority for the Albanese government to ease the cost of living. But the unions and the Greens are likely to push for more changes to tackle problems with the Fair Work system.
In democratic societies, truth matters and institutions are expected to be accountable when they stray from it.
The government’s latest industrial relations reform does little to change the power between employers and employees - with the former still strongly advantaged.
The Morrison Government has picked up its weapons again, with an industrial relations bill that will tip the scales further against employees.
Federal industrial relations minister Christian Porter with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Scott Morrison may have realised his real power is not as an advocate but a broker.
Unions, business and government will sit down to try to overhaul our industrial relations system. Past and recent history tell us this is a tough ask.
An examination of 80,000 enterprise bargaining agreements finds that on average 80% of each increase in compulsory super has been at the expense of wages.
As ACTU secretary, Sally McManus has proven effective at elevating the debate over workplace reform.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
Since the mid 1970s and especially since the 1980s the job market changed and so did how our wages are set.
Austraila’s minimum wages now operate in relative isolation. Until the 1990s they were part of an inter-connected system.
Unionists protesting the reduced role of the Industrial Relations Commission after the introduction of the work choices legislation in 2006.
Even though enterprise bargaining agreements proved controversial when introduced, their use is actually in decline today.
The Howard-era WorkChoices redefined the terms around which the debate on workplace relations reform has been couched.
Echoes of WorkChoices? The Coalition is keen to avoid any whiff of the failed policy, but some of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations have a strong flavour of it.
Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates.
Sunday penalty rates will go under Productivity Commission recommendations, but overall our workplace system was basically operating well, it found.
The ‘brittle’ side of industrial relations: CFMEU members in dispute with their employer, Energy Australia.
Over the course of the last few months, industrial relations has once again become a major issue on the national political agenda. Allegations of union corruption, uncompetitive wage deals, inflexible…