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Media Alert – 2016 Ron McCallum Debate

Rising inequality and growing insecure work are two key challenges of our time. The decline of economically secure, standard working arrangements is a world-wide trend with social, economic and political consequences.

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Inequality and Insecurity

A free public event, the 2016 Ron McCallum Debate will be held on Thursday 29 September from 4pm at the four Seasons hotel in Sydney. RSVP now at

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The 6th Annual Ron McCallum Debate: Save the Date


Thursday 29 September, 
4pm – 6pm

 at the Four Seasons Hotel
, 199 George Street, Sydney

The 6th Annual Ron McCallum Debate will explore the implications of insecure and precarious work, in all its different forms, for workers, for business and for our society.

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Democracy, power and work

Freedom of association and workplace democracy are key rights that need to be revitalised if we are to address growing wealth and income inequality, argues AIER’s Executive Director in this address to the International Employment Relations Association conference.

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Election 2016: Update

Since AIER released our election analysis last week there have been some further relevant announcements on workplace related issues. These announcements confirm our conclusions that a Coalition government would shift workplace regulation further away from the principles espoused in the Charter of Employment Rights, while the policies of Labor and the Greens better reflect the Charter principles.

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Penalty Rates: who is to protect them and how

One of the more interesting workplace issues to get an airing in the election campaign has been the contest between Labor and the Greens on penalty rates. What minimum standards should be set by the Parliament and which by the Commission? What is and should be the relationship between independent bodies like the Fair Work Commission and our democratic institutions?

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