With the recession exposing more workers to the vagaries of gig work, it's more urgent than ever to close the legal loopholes that deny workers employment rights.
The Victorian government was using a sector known for its non-compliance with minimum labour standards for an important public safety job. That decision has come back to bite it.
Many of our cleaners have neither the time nor the resources to do the job properly, yet some do the job really well. The difference points to a way forward.
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.
Perhaps a silver-lining of the pandemic, the economic downturn has created a more constructive discourse between the minister for industrial relations and the unions.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at the National Press Club on May 26 2020.
Scott Morrison's call for a new deal in industrial relations has been compared to the accords of the Hawke and Keating Labor years. It isn't the same.
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.
Scott Morrison, not one to waste a crisis, is calling the coronavirus a chance to reform the country's industrial relations.
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Interviews with Ansett Airlines employees ten years after the airline’s collapse reveals a workforce much more resilient than expected - thanks mostly to how much staff helped each other.
Working from home changes your relationship with your workplace, but not the obligations you and your employer owe each other.
The heads of the Business Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association are among those blaming “inadvertent payroll mistakes"on an overly complex industrial relations system.
Employers are blaming underpaying employees on the the complexity of industrial awards. They should blame themselves.
‘These Australians deserve a greater sense of security’, Albanese said.
In this first of a series of “vision statements” Albanese has sought to send the messages that Labor under his leadership is focused on jobs, is looking to the future and is not afraid of change.
Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs may have to take notice of their workers’ complaints.
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Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.
The most unionised occupation is teaching, the next most unionised is health care.
The Ensuring Integrity Bill would restrict the activities of the unions who represent teachers and nurses as well as the construction workers who are its real target.
Hanson, who thinks men get a bad deal in the system, will be deputy of the new family law inquiry.
As the government starts its work on workplace change, it gave Pauline Hanson a win, for past and future favours, making her deputy chair of a joint parliamentary committee into the family law system.
Few Australians keep working long hours for long, unless they really, really like their jobs.
We've tested the claim that overworkers have no choice, and found it wanting.
Teachers are now more the ‘union heartland’ than blue-collar workers. Union membership in the education and training sector is about 33%, compared with 15% generally.
Teacher unions have a thing or two to teach the the union movement about how to succeed when strikes don't work.
The Coalition government is pushing Labor back up its criticism of John Setka’s behaviour by supporting its Ensuring Integrity Bill.
The government is relishing the difficulties the John Setka controversy has created for Labor leader Anthony Albanese, who remains opposed to tighter restrictions on unions.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
Scott Morrison faces the risks of the Folau saga becoming a divisive intrusion into what he wants to be a steady-as-she-goes style of government.
Scott Morrison won his ‘miracle’ election but what he does from now on will determine whether the Coalition can secure a fourth term.