For employers, health and safety should always be a priority. As coronavirus spreads, it has become everything.
There are profound problems with the enforcement of wage laws and entitlements across Australia. And the problem disproportionately impacts women.
The federal government needs to enable not just the Fair Work Ombudsman but other groups, too, to contribute to ensuring employer compliance.
The reality of the Australian system is that it is almost impossible to be completely compliant no matter how good your resources and your system, argues the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia.
Employers need to be help accountable for underpaying their staff.
Great funding is needed — both to investigate non-compliance and support workers who are getting ripped off.
The restaurant industry is angry that industrial relations law is being enforced and employers who underpay workers are being revealed. But if an industry can't survive when the wages it pays are virtually stagnant, there's something seriously wrong.
Crikey asked Australia's biggest unions what kind of climate policies they want. The answers show they're divided.