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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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Book launch: 'On Fairness'

The TJ Ryan Foundation, in conjunction with the Queensland Council of Unions and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, is pleased to present the ... More »

Almost one in five Queensland workers likely victims of wage theft

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (12.11.18) on a new McKell Institute report into the impact of wage theft on Queensland wo... More »

BLHA/SEARCH event: 'Women's work: The struggles of women in employment'

The Brisbane Labour History Association and the SEARCH Foundation will co-host a panel discussion on issues affecting women in the workplace. Under... More »

What the stoush between the federal government and the CFMMEU is really about

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, David Peetz, writes in The Conversation (24.9.18) that the stand-off between the Morrison governmen... More »

Why industrial manslaughter laws are unlikely to save lives in the workplace

Rick Sarre writes in The Conversation (5.6.18) that simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot b... More »

Australia’s insecure work crisis: fixing it for the future

The Analysis & Policy Observatory carries a link (21.5.18) to an Australian Council of Trade Unions report on the growing pr... More »

Why union members earn higher wages than their non-union colleagues

Craig MacMillan and colleagues write in The Conversation (20.3.18) about their research which finds that union members earn higher wages b... More »

TJ Ryan Foundation 4th anniversary event

Join the TJ Ryan Foundation for a morning event and keynote address to mark our fourth anniversary. Hear from keynote speaker, David Peetz, Profess... More »

Slashing penalty rates: a misguided response to problems of the past

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, writes in The Conversation (10.10.17) about a Senate committee decision to reject the ... More »

Tip of the iceberg: weekend work and penalty pay in 108 Australian industries

Policy Online carries a link (2.5.17) to a report from The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work which details previously unpu... More »

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 »

Explainer: Queensland's sugar marketing dispute and why it is giving the National Party a headache

The ABC's Marty McCarthy reports (28.2.17) on the political ramifications of a sugar industry dispute in north Queensland, which has the state's LN... More »

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most

Shirley Jackson writes in The Conversation (23.2.17) about the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday penalty rates for certai... 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 »

 
 

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