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Employment and industrial relations

Although this section focusses on employment and industrial relations, there has been a strong emphasis on young unemployment and government responses, because these have been the key current issues.

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Alt-unionism: why businesses may be better with the devil they know

Sarah Kaine and Emmanuel Josserand write in The Conversation (4.4.17) that a decline in union membership has left a void in the indus... More »

Government cracks down on secret company payments to unions

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (20.3.17) about new federal government proposals to impose harsh penalties upon companies maki... More »

'Anarcho-Marxist claptrap' and the rule of law

Peter Mares writes in Inside Story (17.3.17) about the fervent reaction to comments by new ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, suggesting that ... More »

Greens leader Richard Di Natale on the future of work

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (15.3.17) that Greens leader Richard Di Natale is calling for a reimagining of the way Au... More »

Work councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world

Eugene Schofield-Georgeson writes in The Conversation (17.2.17) about implications of the passage of the federal government's ABCC legisla... More »

David Peetz: Why everybody knows CEOs are overpaid, but nothing happens

David Peetz writes in Pearls and Irritations (9.2.17) about the justifiable concern of many that company CEOs in Australia and elsewhere a... More »

Why we should put 'basic' before 'universal' in the pursuit of income equality

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, comments in The Guardian (7.2.17) on the current popularity in some economic circles of the... More »

How regions can persuade fly-in fly-out workers to live locally

Riccardo Welters and Christopher Nicholas write in The Conversation (6.2.17) about the challenges faced by regional communities dealing wi... More »

$5m fund to help Stradbroke Island sand miners

The Brisbane Times reports (14.12.16) on the State Government's plans to assist workers at North Stradbroke Island's sand mines to 'transi... More »

Restoring the construction watchdog ABCC: experts respond

David Peetz and others comment in The Conversation (1.12.16) about the reintroduciton of the Australian Building and Construction Com... More »

Jobs in a clean energy future

Policy Online carries a link (25.10.16) to an Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Council of Trade Unions joint report ... More »

The mining construction boom and regional jobs in Queensland

Policy Online carries a link (29.9.16) to an Australia Institute report highlighting the jobs decline in many parts of regional Queensland... More »

Missing in the superannuation debate - the gender gap

The General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, Ros McLennan, discusses the gender gap in superannuation:

'While interest groups... More »

Jobs for the Future in an Uncertain Environment

See the flier for details of 'Jobs for the Future in an Uncertain Environment' conference to be held on 17 September 2016.

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The growing cost of internships could add to inequality

Paula McDonald and colleagues write in The Conversation (20.6.16) about the problems and barriers faced by some young jobseekers... More »

Coal and industrial relations: how miners secured workers' rights

Erik Eklund writes in The Conversation (10.6.16) about some of the history behind the formation of miners' unions in Western countries, in... More »

Jobs Growth in Queensland

'Jobs Growth in Queensland: Trends and Prospects' was written by Tom Swann, Mark Ogge, and Rod Campbell and provided a background paper for discuss... More »

Could the idea of a universal basic income work in Australia?

Mark Liddiard writes in The Conversation (2.6.16) about the introduction in some countries of a universal basic income which provides ever... More »

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (1.6.16) about the issue of workers' penalty rates, suggesting that problems lie in wait after the ... More »

Coalition and Labor moving on worker exploitation, but potential loopholes remain

Tess Hardy writes in The Conversation (20.5.16) about the federal government's and opposition's positions on protecting workers from explo... More »

How reducing penalty rates will affect workers' health

Olav Muurlink writes in The Conversation (19.5.16) about the contested issue of penalty rates, and how calls for their abolition or reduct... More »

Why the death of employment is a dead idea

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (13.5.16) about the issues of employment status, industrial reform and workplace relations, and how... More »

Lifting their ‘voice’: how unions can arrest membership decline and stay relevant

Michael Barry writes in The Conversation (3.5.16) about ways that unions can reverse declining membership levels and give a greater 'voice... More »

Queensland unions celebrate holiday's restoration

The Brisbane Times reports (2.5.16) on differing opinions about the Labour Day public holiday in Queensland returning to its traditional M... More »

Sorting the gems from the dung in the royal commission on union corruption

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (29.4.16) about the potentially worthwhile changes to trade union behaviour and governance that mig... More »


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