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Private sector pay deals defy COVID-19 downturn

Pay rises in private sector agreements approved in the June quarter reached 3% for the first time in 18 months, despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Attorney-General's Department data bedevilled by an inability to quantify increases for 76,000 workers.

PABO process undermines democracy: Research

While union members tend to drive decisions to apply for pre-strike ballot orders and take protected action, the voting itself is less democratic, according to a book exploring how the regulatory environment can compromise democratic processes.


ACTU positioning to make case for WFH rights

The ACTU will soon release an online workers' survey which will be used to identify elements of a union claim for "working from home rights", while helping to "frame" the public debate.

UK "maximum wage" proposal flawed: Expert

A UK proposal to cap wages at £100,000 ($180,000) to finance low- and middle-income-earners' increases is not the best way to redistribute incomes and lift living standards, according to the Centre for Future Work, which says that targeting soaring corporate profits is "more powerful".

Private sector wages on rise before virus hit: Data

Bargained private sector wage rises recovered to near three-year highs in the March quarter, before they felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Attorney-General's Department.


COVID-19 slashes growth in hourly pay rates

The coronavirus pandemic has cut growth in the Wage Price Index in the private sector to the lowest level in its 23-year history, the ABS has confirmed today.

Gig economy inquiry confirms need to "plug gaps"

The Victorian government says its soon-to-be-released inquiry into the on-demand workforce has provided the insights necessary to "plug gaps" and ensure gig workers enjoy safe conditions and fair pay.

Workers subsidising NDIS: Report

A major union-commissioned study has found the NDIS workforce is "carrying the costs and risks" of disability service provision, performing high levels of unpaid work and unable to recoup significant out of pocket expenses