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Ensuring Integrity Bill Defeated

Yesterday the Australian Senate delivered a most welcome surprise, defeating the proposed Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019. The result is an important statement by our Senate - echoing the voices of Australian workers...

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Ensuring Integrity Bill: 7 Good Reasons to Say NO

As we near the Senate vote on the Ensuring Integrity Bill we look at 7 good reasons why this Bill should be voted down. 1. The Bill is excessive - The measures proposed under the Ensuring Integrity Bill go beyond the recommendations of the Heydon Royal Commission into...

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Watch the 2019 Ron McCallum Debate

The 9th Annual Ron McCallum Debate topic was Representation and voice in the new world of work. Moderated by the Hon Geoff Giudice AO, with reflections from Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, the panel discussion featured: Natalie James, Partner, Deloitte and former...

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ICTUR International Union Rights (2019) 26(2)

Our Executive Director, Renee Burns has contributed to an ILO Centenary Issue of International Union Rights produced by the London based ICTUR. The piece examines the extent to which Australia complies with its international labour and human rights obligations and the...

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NTEU Symposium

Professor Anthony Forsyth, from the Graduate School of Business & Law, RMIT and Renee Burns, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Employment Rights, will discuss the “Ensuring Integrity Bill”. When: Tuesday the 17th September Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am...

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9th Annual Ron McCallum Debate

Representation and voice in the new world of work 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Thursday 31 October 2019 UTS Auditorium, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, 14-28 Ultimo Road, Sydney Join us in this, the centenary year of the ILO as we discuss and debate the role and form of...

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Post-election Workplace Relations: What Now?

Nearly one week on from the Coalition Government’s ‘miracle’ election win the Australian labour movement is asking itself what went wrong. This time around Australia did not vote to change the rules, perhaps some hesitancy might be attributed to the lack of detail around industry level bargaining, perhaps the ALP policy suite was too broad to be fully grasped, perhaps $55 million dollars directed at polarising the electorate is depressingly effective.

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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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