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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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Penalty rates in Queensland

Amy Remeikis writes (Brisbane Times 26.3.15) about the likelihood of an inquiry into penalty rates in Queensland:

'Queensland... More »

Palaszczuk must tread carefully

Madonna King (Brisbane Times 26.3.15) writes:

'A sizeable challenge lies ahead for new Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and how... More »

Penalty rates

John Freebairn argues in The Conversation (19.3.15):

'The magnitude of penalty rates for weekends and holidays established last ce... More »

A whacking stick is not enough to get young people into work

Kristy Muir, Abigail Powell and Rose Butler argued in The Conversation (193.15) that the Abbott government's policies to provide incentive... More »

March 2015 unemployment figures

Amy Remeikis discusses the latest unemployment figures in the Brisbane Times (13.3.15), and the responses of the government and the o... More »

Female underemployment high

Amy Remeikis writes in the Brisbane Times (13.3.15)about the latest statistics:

'The most recent unemployment figures, releas... More »

The teenage dream unravels: trends in youth unemployment

It can’t be said enough, amid a steady rise in the overall unemployment rate, Australia’s youth continue to bear the brunt –... More »

Unions part of the solution, or part of the problem? A challenge to unions to modernise

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (23.2.15):

'Since the 1980s, Australia, like many industrialised countries, has experienced... More »

Jobs versus the environment: the debate Queensland can end

Allan Dale (Professor in Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute at James Cook University) argues that it need to be a matter of either... More »

Are Australian trade unions part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Professor David Peetz writes in Policy Online (17.2.15):

'An effective response to the workplace and national problems and te... More »

ABC Fact Check on unemployment in Queensland

ABC's Fact Check on Labor's claim that unemployment is its highest in 11 years was tested by Fact Check (291.1.5). The conclusion... More »

What unemployment figures really say about Queensland

Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, David Peetz, writes in The Conversation (28.1.15) that: 'Whether you’... More »

One million new adults, just 385,000 new jobs

Tim Colebatch, Inside Story (22.1.15) writes that Australia's job market has failed badly since the global financial crisis. 'In a li... More »

How the unemployed 'disappear' and why it matters

In The Conversation (12.1.15), Rose-Marie Stabe and David Fryer explain why unemployment statistics mask the 'discouraged' job-seeker... More »

The enduring myth of the industrial relations club

Professor Anthony Forsyth discusses in The Conversation (27.11.14) Sydney Institute director Gerard Henderson's suggestion that ... More »

Regional impact of cuts to QBuild

MySunshinecoast carries a report that the Member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson, has admitted that local tradespeople in his electorate... More »

Leadership for innovation - Why manufacturing has a future in Australia

Richard Simpson of Furnace Engineering and Robert Wilson of the Wilson Transformer Company discuss the leadership styles and approaches they used t... More »

Labour underutilisation: behind the unemployment figures

The increase in the labour 'underutilisation rate' over the past eighteen months has outpaced that in the unemployment rate. 'While typically labou... More »

CSIRO scientists sorting mail and cleaning labs

Nicky Phillips writes in The Brisbane Times (16.9.14) that some 'highly skilled scientists and project leaders at the CSIRO are being kept from the... More »

Queensland government accused of doctoring job loss figures

Tony Moore in the Brisbane Times (11.9.14) reports that 'Close to 5000 health workers have lost their jobs since the LNP won office in 2012, almost... More »

Suspended prison officer case to go to Fair Work Australi

Cameron Atfield (Brisbane Times 21.8.14) reports that 'lawyers for a Queensland prison officer, who was suspended after she spoke out about safety ... More »

Interpreting unemployment statistics

In The Conversation (21.8.14) Professor Phil Lewis writes that 'differences in meaning between words in general use and in economics can often prov... More »

Queensland power companies seeking to end cultural diversity leave

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (20.8.14) that three Queensland power companies want to end the cultural diversity leave provision in em... More »

Queensland youth unemployment soars

Article by Tony Moore (Brisbane Times 19.8.14) provides a table showing regional figures on youth unemployment in Queensland:  'Queensland now... More »

Tough new rules for dole recipients' job interviews


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