A hike in the minimum wage could jeopardise Australia’s post-COVID recovery, says the Morrison government. That’s an outdated economic idea.
Scott Morrison may have realised his real power is not as an advocate but a broker.
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.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
The Prices and Incomes Accord was a series of agreements between Labor and the ACTU where unions would moderate their wage demands in exchange for improvements in the ‘social wage’.
In a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said 679 of Australia’s biggest corporations pay “not one cent of tax”. Is that right?