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Why workers are losing their share of Australia's national income | Greg Jericho

Why workers are losing their share of Australia's national income | Greg Jericho

If you want to tackle inequality, the first thing you should do is join a union – a report puts the premium on wages for private sector union workers at 20% Greg Jericho is a Guardian Australia
Is it time for Labor to challenge the hands-off approach to industrial relations | Greg Jericho

Is it time for Labor to challenge the hands-off approach to industrial relations | Greg Jericho

If employer groups seem happier with the enterprise bargaining system than unions, maybe a shift in policy is neededGreg Jericho is a Guardian Australia columnist Record low wages growth has led the
Unions seek dramatic pay increases to ensure minimum ‘living wage'

Unions seek dramatic pay increases to ensure minimum ‘living wage'

ACTU secretary Sally McManus signals significant increase in union pay demands from the Fair Work Commission The minimum wage should be set at the level of a “living wage” to lift millions of people
Boycott of Street ice-creams ends as unions hail ‘huge victory’

Boycott of Street ice-creams ends as unions hail ‘huge victory’

Workers at Sydney factory vote to end ban after Unilever withdraws application to terminate enterprise agreementFactory workers at Streets have told Australians they are now free to enjoy the
'Get naked if you like': the Australian working holiday from hell

'Get naked if you like': the Australian working holiday from hell

Two young English backpackers thought a gap year picking fruit in Australia would be the experience of a lifetimeThe young female backpackers tensed as they heard the farmer’s footsteps behind them.
Worker exploitation: Victorian body to crack down on abuse of employees

Worker exploitation: Victorian body to crack down on abuse of employees

Rogue operators to be liable for civil and criminal penalties under licensing scheme to protect labour hire workersAn independent licensing authority will be established in Victoria to crack down on
Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

ACTU boss calls for legislative changes to reverse trend, as push grows for casual workers to be able to convert to permanent employment after six months Unions have signalled they will campaign for
New head appointed to Australian building and construction regulator

New head appointed to Australian building and construction regulator

Stephen McBurney named to replace Nigel Hadgkiss, who resigned in September after admitting he contravened the Fair Work ActA new head of the Australian Building and Construction Commission has been
Labor says use of lockouts and labour hire to undercut wages 'won't be tolerated'

Labor says use of lockouts and labour hire to undercut wages 'won't be tolerated'

Brendan O’Connor’s remarks signal opposition is considering further changes to Fair Work Act ​Labor is concerned about lengthy employer lockouts of workforces and the use of labour hire to pay workers
Sydney train strike: workers vote to go ahead with 24-hour stoppage on Monday

Sydney train strike: workers vote to go ahead with 24-hour stoppage on Monday

State government launches legal bid to halt industrial action after less than 6% of workers vote to call it offSydney train workers have voted to go ahead with a 24-hour strike on Monday.In a decision
Why unions are furious about the blocked Sydney train strike

Why unions are furious about the blocked Sydney train strike

Unions fear the erosion of the right to strike or take other industrial action in AustraliaThe Fair Work Commission’s decision to suspend Sydney’s train strike has unions up in arms about the erosion
Labor signalling 'much more aggressive approach to raising the minimum wage'

Labor signalling 'much more aggressive approach to raising the minimum wage'

Labour market expert believes opposition foreshadowing boost to minimum wage worth up to $80 a week for low-paid workersA labour market expert says Labor may be foreshadowing a boost to the minimum
Labor plans industrial relations changes to boost wages for low-paid workers

Labor plans industrial relations changes to boost wages for low-paid workers

Brendan O’Connor signals shift away from negotiating pay deals workplace by workplace and instead look at industry wide bargainingLabor is examining ways to encourage industry-level bargaining for
ACTU to demand equal rights for casuals, gig economy and labour hire workers

ACTU to demand equal rights for casuals, gig economy and labour hire workers

Sally McManus says Australians stuck in casual employment due to being ‘given no other option’Gig economy and labour hire workers should get the same minimum conditions as employees including access
Australia needs tough cop to fight wage theft, Sally McManus says

Australia needs tough cop to fight wage theft, Sally McManus says

ACTU secretary says Fair Work Commission is ‘under-resourced and conflicted’ • Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Unions want the Fair Work Commission to be given
'Enough is enough': Craig Laundy says employers must organise like unions

'Enough is enough': Craig Laundy says employers must organise like unions

Workplace relations minister asks business to help convince workers to back CoalitionSign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Craig Laundy says the Coalition has failed to
Greens endorse union campaign to strengthen bargaining powers

Greens endorse union campaign to strengthen bargaining powers

Di Natale stops short of backing every plank of the Change the Rules platform, putting the party in a similar position to Labor• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The
Death in the sun: Australia's 88-day law leaves backpackers exploited and exposed

Death in the sun: Australia's 88-day law leaves backpackers exploited and exposed

The 2017 death of Olivier Caramin joins a growing list of problems backpackers can face in rural jobs, including rape, harassment and underpaymentMartin Hand knew something was wrong as he watched a
School chaplains legal challenge argues program is discriminatory

School chaplains legal challenge argues program is discriminatory

Tribunal asked to rule that applicants for chaplain positions not be ruled out based on religionThe school chaplains program has been labelled discriminatory in a test case against rules requiring
Internship scheme complaints include 'inappropriate trainer behaviour'

Internship scheme complaints include 'inappropriate trainer behaviour'

Greens say complaints show result of ‘limited protection’ for PaTH participantsJobseekers in the PaTH internship scheme have complained of lengthy delays in receiving $200 fortnightly payments and in