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Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Bernard Keane November 3, 2017 7 Comments

Business claims that wages growth will only happen when there's productivity growth. Except ... productivity is still growing, and stronger than under WorkChoices.

Prediction v hindsight: how do businesses’ past claims about the Fair Work Act stack up?

Prediction v hindsight: how do businesses’ past claims about the Fair Work Act stack up?

Bernard Keane October 27, 2017 2 Comments

Conservatives and business leaders assured us that WorkChoices would increase productivity and Labor's Fair Work Act reduce it. So what happened? The Productivity Commission has the answer.

Parasitic mining industry won’t stop bleeding Australia dry

Bernard Keane August 8, 2017 16 Comments

The mining lobby wants a new round of punitive industrial relations reforms, at a time when real wages are falling in the sector and productivity booming. But that's the way neoliberalism operates.

Morrison’s bizarre new excuse for worker wage stagnation

Crikey June 21, 2017 10 Comments

The lack of real wages growth had prompted a rattled Treasurer to devise a whole new basis for industrial relations, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Will the building watchdog bill pass? It doesn’t matter

Will the building watchdog bill pass? It doesn’t matter

Bernard Keane November 21, 2016 5 Comments

The focus on the ABCC bill now before parliament distracts from the grim reality that the government has no real economic agenda and is allowing others to drive the policy debate.

Productivity Commission gets stuck into Australian business

Crikey November 8, 2016 6 Comments

A new paper from the Productivity Commission revisits an old topic on improving our economic performance. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Our productivity record sucks — except compared to everyone else’s

Our productivity record sucks — except compared to everyone else’s

Bernard Keane August 22, 2016 4 Comments

Wonder why we don't hear much about productivity any more? It's because Australia has been outperforming Western economies, especially on labour productivity.

Business bites: thumbs up from the RBA … economic happy days … bank mayday …

Crikey February 8, 2016

Guess what's happening to labour productivity, despite what Michaelia Cash would have you believe? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Industrial relations report reveals the deep delusion of business

Bernard Keane December 22, 2015 5 Comments

The business community's reaction to the Productivity Commission report on industrial relations demonstrates the profound denialism and greed of that sector.

The challenge of lifting productivity when you can’t measure it

The challenge of lifting productivity when you can’t measure it

Crikey August 27, 2015 3 Comments

One of the key challenges of economic reform is measuring productivity properly -- something we fail to do at the moment, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.