Trade Unions

April 2017

Penalty rates debate working for Labor – April 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

Labor continues to harass the Government over proposed penalty rate cuts for many of Australia’s lowest paid workers.

Government seeks ban on secret union payments – April 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Turnbull Government is seeking to legislate a ban on secret payments between unions and employers.

March 2017

Implementation of penalty rates decision becomes hot potato – March 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

There is still no indication of how proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates will be implemented.

October 2016

Building and Construction Commission Bill passes House – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Building Industry, Trade Unions,

The Coalition Government has used its numbers in the House of Representatives to push through in the House legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) which the government used as a trigger for the double-dissolution on July 2.

September 2016

Minister stumbles over protection of volunteers measure – September 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

Legislation for the federal intervention – promised during the election campaign – in the dispute involving the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

July 2016

Tougher industrial relations regulation promised – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Liberal Party says it is essential that unions and employers operate in a transparent and accountable manner and that the building industry – Australia’s third-largest employer – is fair, safe and lawful.

June 2016

Coalition responds to 7-Eleven underpayment with stronger protection – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Industrial Relations, Trade Unions,

A re-elected Coalition Government will strengthen existing workplace laws to ensure better protection for workers and to stamp out exploitation by unscrupulous employers, says Employment Minister Michaelia Cash

February 2016

Productivity Commission superannuation review – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Superannuation, Trade Unions,

The Treasurer has announced the terms of reference for the first two stages of a Productivity Commission review into the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system.

Trade Union Royal Commission recommends sweeping governance changes – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

In the wake of the trade union royal commission, the federal Government has extended the life of Taskforce Heracles, the joint state-territory body that was set up to examine allegations referred to it by the Commission.

September 2015

National Reform Summit – 26 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Age Pension, Trade Unions,

About 80 delegates will meet as part of the ‘National Reform Summit on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.

Political Calendar – Week ending Friday 4 September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Senate, Tax, Trade,

Parliament resumes for a two week sitting on Monday 7 September, following a two week recess.

Political Calendar – Week ending Friday 28 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Elections, Tax, Trade Unions,

Parliament is in the middle of a two week recess and will resume on Monday 7 September for a two week sitting.

August 2015

Trade union cloud hangs over Shorten’s call for IR modernisation – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

Trade union cloud hangs over Shorten’s call for IR modernisation – August 2015

National Reform Summit highlights political system’s weaknesses – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Health, Social Services, Education, Business,

The relative success of this week’s National Reform Summit highlights – once again - the vacuum in policy development and implementation by the Federal Government.

Another rotten week for Tony Abbott – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions, Climate Change,

Events unfolding around the Government in recent weeks have restarted the questioning of Tony Abbott’s leadership.

July 2015

Greens under attack for union funding – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

The Government and The Australian newspaper have launched a campaign over the Greens acceptance of trade union funding.

No killer blow but Royal Commission hurts Shorten – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Trade Unions,

Most members of the Labor caucus are confident that Bill Shorten’s two-day grilling before the Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption has not weakened his leadership.

June 2015

Union Royal Commission puts pressure on Shorten - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

Labor leader Bill Shorten has been wrestling with some difficult issues – and they won’t go away.

June 2014

Trade union Royal Commission taking its toll on Labor - June 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

Some commentators have already called the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption a “circus”, providing a public platform for various factional enemies to argue their case. But it also has the potential to be toxic for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

May 2014

TRADE UNIONS: Royal Commission into trade union irregularities

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade Unions,

The Government has announced details of its long-promised Royal Commission to inquire into alleged financial irregularities associated with the affairs of trade unions.