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Wage expectations "anchored": RBA

Australian workers no longer expect to see anything more than small increases in their pay packets, the RBA has speculated, while warning that if current conditions persist any wage growth may slow even further.

"Management in Australia's not very good": Hamberger

One of the architects of the Howard Government's 1996 industrial laws, Jonathan Hamberger, wants to see further change in Australian workplaces, but no longer believes legislation is the key.

Workplace s-xual harassment still living in the shadows: Surveys

Retailers and aviation industry employers are being urged to improve efforts to stamp out workplace s-xual harassment and better handle complaints amid AHRC and Qantas surveys confirming that the vast majority of incidents continue to go unreported.

RBA governor Lowe meets union leaders

RBA Governor Philip Lowe won an attentive audience when he today attended the ACTU's national executive meeting in Melbourne, after months of union leaders closely following his comments expressing concern about slow wages growth.

IR practitioners donate generously in honour of Ginters

The IR community has thrown its support behind motor neurone disease research in honour of IR barrister Peteris Ginters, who stepped down from practising in 2016 because of Motor Neurone Disease.

Working class spooked by our policies: ALP election report

Labor's confusing suite of policies leading into May's federal election cost the ALP support among its traditional base of low-income working people, according to the party's review of the shock defeat.

Employee status "not a box-checking exercise": Judge

The Federal Court has rejected a bid by the FWO and CFMMEU to upset a major labour hire company's treatment of workers as independent contractors, finding the service agreement signed by the parties transparently spelt out the true nature of their relationship.

FWC small claims proposal faces constitutional barrier: Academic

A leading IR law academic has poured cold water on the Morrison Government's apparent endorsement of an ACTU proposal to establish a small claims process within the FWC to "quickly and effectively" adjudicate underpayment cases.

Pay rises in private sector deals in reverse gear

Bargained pay rises in the private sector have gone backwards for the second quarter in a row, according to newly-released data from the Attorney-General's Department.

ACTU looks to youth for growth

The ACTU's national executive has signed off on a growth plan that stresses the importance of attracting young people into a union movement where the average age is about 50.