Let us celebrate real wages rising, but not forget how far we have to go.
Australia’s Parliament is set to pass a new set of reforms to the Fair Work Act and other labour laws, that would enshrine certain protections for workers against being contacted or ordered to perform work outside of normal working hours. This “Right to Disconnect” is an important step in limiting the steady encroachment of work
The latest enterprise agreements figures show that wages continue to grow in line with long-term inflation targets, and that wages continue to provide a dampening impact on inflation.
Labour hire workers can no longer be paid less than employees doing the same job in their workplaces as a result of industrial reforms passed by Parliament. However, other important reforms to close loopholes in employment laws and stop exploitation of workers and avoidance of standards won’t be voted on in Parliament until next year.
A new report by the Australia Institute shows self-employment in Australia has changed in recent years, towards fewer business owners and more gig work.
The Journal of Australian Political Economy, a peer-reviewed journal based at the University of Sydney, has today published a special issue evaluating the record of the Albanese government during the first half of its term in office.
A Symposium of Researchers and Trade Unionists co-hosted by the Centre for Future Work and Unions WA.
Despite record-low unemployment, Australian employers are still managing to steal more than 280 hours from their employees each year.
The RBA now expects real wages to grow much slower than they were predicting in August, and it means it will take many more years to recover what has been lost in the past three....
Enterprise agreements lodged in the past 3 months have helped recover some lost income for workers.
Stronger wage growth will deliver more money to workers and also improve the budget position buy delivering more tax revenue
If the economy grows as slowly as the IMF predicts it will for the next 2 years, Australia will be lucky to avoid a recession.
Chris Wright is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney, and a member of the Centre for Future Work’s Advisory Committee. This commentary is based on his submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023,
Enterprise agreements are now delivering strong wage growth and good outcomes for workers...
Increases in the prices of commodities like oil and gas are not a reason for the RBA to raise interest rates next week
This week Professor Allan Fels, the former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has begun an inquiry into price gouging across a range of industries, including banks, insurance companies, supermarkets, and energy providers. The inquiry commissioned by the ACTU comes off the back of the highest inflation in 30 years and the biggest falls in real wages on record.
An urgent overhaul of poorly paid and casualised disability support work is needed to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s viability and protect participants from substandard care, a new report by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work says.
Historically high corporate profits must take a hit if workers are to claw back real wage losses from the inflationary crisis, according to new research from the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work.