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Union fury at Gillard’s IR changes

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Coming almost 10 months after the Labor Party was swept to power on a promise to tear up the WorkChoices laws, the Workplace Relations Minister’s speech fleshing out the details of the Rudd Government’s replacement industrial relations regime was met with anger from unions, particularly over the revised unfair-dismissal rules.

Blue-collar pantomime artists

Sep 3rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has been a spectacular success. A recent by Econtech found that the establishment of the ABCC led to a dramatic improvement in industry productivity with significant benefits for the national economy. Without the ABCC, gross domestic product would have been 1.5 per cent lower and the consumer price index would have been 1.2 per cent higher. Overall, Econtech found an annual economic gain of $5.1 billion.

Julia Gillard warning to states on national IR system

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The states are expected to resist the push by the Federal Government to take over industrial relations, while the unions have complained that too few details have emerged to date on the shape of the proposed system. However, ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said a national system could still be delivered within the framework of the government’s existing Forward with Fairness policy.