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property February 27, 2021

John Setka and the Covid-19 truce

Victoria’s construction industry managed to stay open and productive during the long, hard lockdown of 2020, thanks to compromises made by unlikely allies.

ir February 13, 2021

Wages war in Adelaide’s Chinatown

Video footage of an alleged assault at a tea house in Adelaide’s Chinatown has pulled focus onto the issue of wage theft and underpayment, especially among migrants and international students.

ir November 28, 2020

Andrews budget wedges Morrison on aged care

After Victoria was ravaged by a second wave of Covid-19, Premier Daniel Andrews has targeted his state’s budget to address the crisis’s key drivers: insecure work and aged care.

ir August 1, 2020

‘New mode’ for Covid-19 board

Despite the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission having produced few tangible results thus far, Scott Morrison has appointed six new directors with a view to jobs creation.

ir May 23, 2020

Finding agreement on economic fix

While Scott Morrison drops hints about a deal with the unions to boost Australia’s economy, the unions say a modern Prices and Incomes Accord is not on the table. But one of the original scheme’s architects, former ACTU boss Bill Kelty, has a plan of his own.

ir May 23, 2020

The new world of desk-bound work

With Covid-19 forcing so many employees to work from home, permanent changes – both in function and monitoring – are expected in the ways we do business.

ir August 3, 2019

Coalition bets anti-union bill on Setka rebuke

While the government argues it needs tough new powers to break up thuggish, militant unions, experts say the average union member is a 50-something woman working in aged care.

ir August 3, 2019

Low-paid workers and wage theft

As George Calombaris returns wages of $7.8 million to his employees, the latest research shows widespread underpayment of casual workers – particularly those earning the least.

ir June 22, 2019

The lobbying power of super funds

With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.

ir May 4, 2019

ParentsNext program not helping single and sole mothers

The compulsory ParentsNext program aims to help disadvantaged parents find work. Instead, it has led to financial instability for many participants, who struggle to meet the scheme’s requirements.

ir March 16, 2019

Wages growth lowest since WWII

With wages stagnating since the Coalition took office, Labor is hoping to make the election a fight on industrial relations – even if it doesn’t have solutions.