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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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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 »

Youth unemployment: local communities essential for helping young people find work

David Farrugia writes in The Conversation (27.4.16) about the nation's increasing levels of youth unemployment, especially in the regions,... More »

How the influence of trade unions on the Labor Party is overestimated

Ray Markey writes in The Conversation (27.4.16) about the often over-stated and misinterpreted relationship between the union movement and... More »

The state of the union(s): how a perfect storm weakened the workers' voices

Sarah Kaine writes in The Conversation (21.4.16) about the 'perfect storm' of declining membership levels and hostile federal legislation ... More »

Ideas for Australia: Improving democracy for workers is not easy but it must be done

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (18.4.16) about the changing dynamics of workplace relations, and the changing roles of trade union... More »

Effective ways to support youth into employment

Policy Online carries a link (12.4.16) to a Social Ventures Australia report outlining pathways and programs that can most effectivel... More »

Productivity in the Construction Industry: Did it surge under the Coalition’s reforms?

David Peetz writes on John Menadue's blog site (8.4.16) about unsupported claims made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and others that the return... More »

How unions are changing in a bid for relevance – and survival

Andreas Pekarek and Peter Gahan write in The Conversation (29.3.16) about how decreasing levels of union membership are changing the ways ... More »

Why income inequality is the policy issue to make or break governments

Fabrizio Carmignani writes in The Conversation (17.3.16) about the vexing issue of income inequality, and how it and other forms of inequa... More »

Mines should favour locals: Queensland Mines Minister

The Brisbane Times reports (17.3.16) on state government moves to ban 100 percent FIFO workforces on new mine projects in Queensland.

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Australia's youth unemployment hotspots: snapshot

Policy Online carries a link (16.3.16) to a Brotherhood of St Laurence report on the regions in Australia with the highest incidence of yo... More »

Calls for Parliament to remove pay secrecy to close gender gap

Judith Ireland reports in the Brisbane Times (13.3.16) on appeals by community representatives calling on government to remove employer re... More »

North Stradbroke Island mining: How many jobs are at stake?

Richard Carew reports in the Brisbane Times (10.3.16) on questions over the extent of the impact on local jobs of the closure of Sibelco's... More »

Companies prefer ticking boxes to breaking the glass ceiling

Martijn Boersma writes in The Conversation (8.3.16) about the lack of action or seeming enthusiasm in Australia's corporate sector for tac... More »

Gender pay gap - over the life cycle

Policy Online carries links to two reports highlighting recent research into the gender pay gap in Australia, one report from the ACTU (7.... More »

Angry taxi licensees confront Palaszczuk, Hinchliffe at community cabinet

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (6.3.16) on taxi licence owners protesting about Uber drivers to the Premier and the Transport ... More »


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