Industrial relations

The union inquiry is splitting the Coalition in two

Big companies are just as much to blame as unions for lowering productivity but some conservatives' black-and-white view of IR could get in the way of justice.

An ideological war will ravage Australia

A grand compact between unions and business is needed to usher in the economy's structural transformation, but such long-term vision is likely to be a casualty of ideological warfare.

Appeasing unions is taking its Toll

Toll’s deal with the Transport Workers Union underscores that cartel-style agreements are not confined to construction and are damaging Australia’s productivity.

Shorten must go cold turkey on union cartel cash

The new building codes of conduct have severed a lucrative funding source for Labor but any incoming government must resist winding them back if they care about supporting the community.

One million strike in UK over pay, spending cuts

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Public sector workers form biggest austerity protest since Cameron took power.

One million strike in UK over pay, spending cuts

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Public sector workers form biggest austerity protest since Cameron took power.

An open letter to Boral’s Mike Kane

Company executives have as much explaining to do as the union heavyweights driving the stink in construction. The royal commission’s scrutiny must apply across the board.

Unions ‘conspire outside the law’: Boral

Mike Kane calls for a police investigation into alleged blackmail of his company by construction union.

Something rotten at the Grocon picket line

Grocon construction workers were expressly opposed to forming a picket outside Myer last year – so who was protesting? It’s time for the competition watchdog to sharpen its teeth.

Charting the politics of fear

Irrational joy at the carbon tax repeal recalls two-and-a-half decades’ worth of fear and wrath over industrial relations shifts, which data shows have actually changed nothing.

How Napthine could win voters back

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The Victorian government's fiscal discipline has busted state construction blowouts as well as flushing out Geoff Shaw at the party's expense. It's a reason for praise - not mistrust.

McDine takes the lead at AWU

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Successor to Paul Howes says climate 'challenging' for promoting worker interests.

Jackson denies rorting union funds

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Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson launches stern defence against corruption allegations.

Rising wages leave a sour taste for family business

The latest lift to the minimum wage is another blow to family businesses already struggling with high penalty rates. And it's family members who will have to pick up the slack.

Jackson rort claims just 'speculation'

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Witness concedes blaming union whistleblower for rorting more than $200,000 was only speculation.

Building sector breaches govt pay code

Building industry agrees generous pay deals with unions to dismay of Abbott govt: report.

Bullying, intimidation rife at HSU

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Royal commission hears of intense harassment of whistleblowers at Health Services Union.

Unions chase Coles pay rise

Key union pushing for 5 per cent lift in wages from supermarket giant: report.

HSU official used $1m in union funds: report

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Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson accused of using funds to pay off two personal credit cards.

Union membership at record low

Union membership hits new low, just 12% of private-sector employees choose to belong.