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ir July 21, 2018

New ACTU president Michele O’Neil

The new ACTU president, Michele O’Neil, says her focus will be the globalised economy, but here the attention will be on how she and Sally McManus manage divisions within the union movement over Labor policy.

ir June 2, 2018

Privatisation by stealth

With Serco handed the contract for Centrelink’s call centre, and the NDIS saddled with inexperienced labour hire staff, the government is privatising the public service by stealth.

ir July 8, 2017

PaTH and intergenerational theft

While a new government program claims to boost youth employment prospects, the reality is that a different kind of intergenerational theft is at play.

ir April 14, 2018

Wage theft and migrant workers

Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.

immigration May 20, 2017

Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders

The government’s ‘Australians first’ rhetoric is a response to hardening community attitudes over immigration and job security.

ir March 25, 2017

New ACTU secretary Sally McManus on the new IR battlegrounds

The new ACTU leadership finds the Turnbull government more ideologically anti-union than John Howard’s.

resources November 26, 2016

The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley

While Hazelwood’s closure raises questions about the future of Latrobe Valley – and of energy markets – an insider says Engie got off lightly after the mine fire inquiry.

ir November 19, 2016

CSIRO’s workplace stalemate

A deadlock in enterprise bargaining negotiations at CSIRO may have revealed the roadmap for reintroducing WorkChoices in the public service by stealth.

ir September 24, 2016

Unions poisoned by ALP affiliation

With plotters using the labour movement as a means to amass power, unions have become vulnerable to rorting and the erosion of workers’ rights.

ir January 31, 2015

What’s happening in Tony Abbott’s office?

Leadership tension has spilled into the Nationals, as the Coalition tries to understand the chaos in the Prime Minister’s Office.

ir January 24, 2015

US arms suppliers overrule courts in Australia with ITAR

Cowed by American regulations, local courts have allowed arms manufacturers significant exemptions from human rights law.