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In the 1950s and 1960s, as more women joined the paid workforce, trade unions took up the case for equal pay. Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University

50 years after ‘equal pay’, the legacy of ‘women’s work’ remains

Five decades ago Australia’s industrial relations system endorsed the concept of ‘equal pay for equal work’. So why does the gender pay gap endure?
Israel Folau is claiming that Rugby Australia unlawfully sacked him because of his religion. The organisation, however, contends the rugby star violated the terms of its code of conduct by discriminating against LGBTQ people. Lukas Coch/AAP

Why the Israel Folau case could set an important precedent for employment law and religious freedom

What makes Folau’s case unique is that it sets up a clash between employment contract law and legal protections against discrimination on the basis of religion.
Hospitality union Hospo Voice stages a protest about wage theft in Melbourne’s iconic Degraves Street in October 2018. Five venues in the well-known cafe precinct were accused of underpaying workers. United Voice/AAP

We’ve let wage exploitation become the default experience of migrant workers

As many as half of all temporary migrant workers are being underpaid. After a two-year inquiry, the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce has provided a blueprint to do something about it.
It’s not easy to walk away from an abusive relationship without the support of a flexible employer. AAP Image/Angela Brkic

Paid domestic violence leave: how do other countries do it?

It’s uncommon internationally for workers to have a statutory right to paid domestic violence leave, but things may be shifting.
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year. AAP/Angus Livingston

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?

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