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.
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.
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".
The first national accounts data to measure a full quarter of the coronavirus economic downturn confirms Australia is in recession and shows a big reduction in hours worked and real labour costs, alongside a substantial increase in productivity.
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