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Watch the 2018 Ron McCallum Debate

The 2018 Ron McCallum Debate topic was Collective Bargaining: Delivering in the public interest? Watch our panel explore the state of enterprise bargaining and discuss the form of collective bargaining into the future. Read our summary of the debate and download our discussion paper.

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Ron McCallum Debate 2018

Collective Bargaining: Delivering for the public interest? Enterprise bargaining under the Fair Work Act 2009 is failing. Agreements under our system may be reached without the involvement of trade unions and absent any actual process of bargaining. The number of...

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Some thoughts on HILDA and gig economy workers

Last week the Melbourne Institute released its Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey finding no evidence of a rise in the use of independent workers, prompting commentary that the ‘gig economy is a myth’. One interesting aspect of this finding is the Survey’s ready equation of gig economy workers with the solo self-employed.

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New Executive Director appointed to the AIER

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights is delighted to announce the appointment of Renee Burns to the role of Executive Director. Renee has a background working in human resources and industrial relations for local government and private sector employers and is...

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AIER Newsletter

The system is broken, what’s the fix? This question was the topic for AIER’s 2017 Ron McCallum debate, held in Sydney in October 2017. The AIER has embarked on a project to seek to identify the new elements of a fairer and more effective workplace relations system. The ACTU has now launched a new campaign to ‘Change the Rules’. Employer groups, the Coalition Government and conservative commentators have attacked the ACTU’s plan as a backward step. AIER Executive member Keith Harvey examines the key issues in this new IR battleground.

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Newsletter – March 2018

Wither wages? Wages – or the lack of them – remain at the heart of Australia’s industrial, economic and social concerns in the first quarter of 2018.

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