Topic archives: unions

Don’t dismiss millennials — they have every reason to rise up and fight

May 23, 2018

Crikey readers debate young people fighting for workers' rights, the importance of the royal wedding and Labor's "rollovers" on national security.

Start ’em young: why it’s time to revisit the fight over youth wages

May 22, 2018 4

Why does a 20-year-old deserve less pay than a 21-year-old doing the same job? If the unions want more young people on board, this is the way to get them.

Want to fix endless wage stagnation? Go on strike.

May 18, 2018 8

It's hard to see how any long-term return to higher wages growth will be achieved without a significant rise in strikes, which have been at historically low levels for many years.

Who is the man spruiking the ‘white privilege and nurses’ non-story?

March 28, 2018 7

Graeme Haycroft, the man behind a breakaway nurse's union pushing a beat-up of nurses having to declare their white privilege, has an unlikely history to be speaking out for workers' rights.

Crikey Worm: tax wars

February 6, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Businesses and unions go head to head over corporate tax cuts. Plus, Trump's bloviating creates unusual bedfellows. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

If the rail workers can’t do it, when can we actually strike?

January 29, 2018 33

The defusing of Sydney rail-worker's threat to strike has raised once again the question of how free our right to strike really is.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

December 8, 2017 7

Rating hospitality bosses ... Bennelong simmers along ... marriage equality's colourful stamp ...

Three things the IPA gets wrong about the Fair Work Act

June 27, 2017 5

Crikey spoke to Gideon Rozner, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, about a few of the omissions in his report on the Fair Work Act.

Is Airtasker offering genuine union protection for the gig economy?

May 3, 2017

Unions NSW has struck a deal with gig-for-hire website Airtasker. But will that mean enforceable protection for workers, or just symbolic guidelines?

Govt puts forward union-restricting bill that doesn’t please anyone

April 13, 2017

Who exactly told the government these laws were necessary?

The sneaky new legislation that could hobble trade unions (and seriously hurt workers)

April 3, 2017 2

And are the provisions of the corrupting benefits legislation even enforceable?

While McManus is condemned, actual illegal strikes ignored

March 17, 2017

As anyone condemning McManus surely knows, striking just because you haven't been paid is illegal.

Parmalat dispute shows it’s unfair bargaining, not penalty rates, that is the real danger to Aussie workers

March 2, 2017 8

Workers in a dairy plant in regional Victoria have been locked out of their factory for months, and their employer wants to cut their pay and conditions in a new deal. And it's all completely legal.

Laming triples down on teacher controversy

February 10, 2017

Laming has attempted to resolve his Facebook fight over the summer about teachers' pay and working hours by blaming unions.

All over the Shoppies

December 7, 2016 5

Everyone, from workers to politicians, have had a gutful of the Shoppies union, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

The deep link between business and politics

September 13, 2016

Crikey readers discuss the previous day's edition.

Don’t tell us what we need

August 31, 2016 1

Crikey readers discuss previous editions.

Why the SDA should be ashamed of itself

August 29, 2016

Crikey readers discuss Friday's edition.

Time for Labor to cut the Shoppies loose

June 2, 2016 6

The Labor Party is beholden to the Shoppies, whose unsavoury practices hurt young workers and the union movement. It's time Labor sent the Shoppies packing, writes former union official and rank-and-file Labor member Tim Vollmer.

Outrage hobbyists miss the point in $2 Target shirt storm

January 19, 2016 7

Was the recent campaign against Target's $2 back-to-school-special shirts effective boycotting or just “old-fashioned bogan bashing”?