We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
With up to a quarter of small and medium businesses in Australia ripping off their workers, how can wage theft be properly tackled?
Former Queensland Nickel workers are owed money. That isn't in dispute. The question here is whether Palmer is allowed to demand silence in exchange for that money.
Labor says the election will be a referendum on wages, but so far has proposed little that will make a material difference for workers stuck with stagnant incomes.
Former Indigenous employees say the organisation has been marred by an exodus of Aboriginal staff, a collapse of specialist programs and a failure to meet reconciliation targets.
This year was an annus horribilis for the poor — but the tireless campaigning of low-income advocates offers some hope for the future.
Staff have been told "significant budget pressures" have led to the cuts which may extend to other states.
For years the government has railed at the bullying and intimidation of the CFMMEU. Seems those problems are a little closer to home.
When it comes to upholding the competing rights of accusers and accused in workplace bullying cases, the legislation doesn't really cut it.