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.
There are very few journalists working at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week, so how has Fairfax management filled its pages?
Forget what you read in the newspapers. The number of days lost to industrial disputes reduced significantly in the past quarter, part of an overall long-term trend downwards.
The lot of a Parliamentary staff member can be a tough one -- opening doors for insufferable MPs, hanging around until the wee hours while the state's finest minds debate some arcane piece of legislation and distracting nosy members of the media keen to get their mitts on embargoed Ombudsman's reports.
Unemployment edged up in February but so did hours worked, and strikes fell and productivity rose in the December quarter. What's going on, ask Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane?
Fairfax Media is bracing for a wave of industrial action down the eastern seaboard, with a pay-parity dispute threatening to pull mastheads from letterboxes and engulf The Age and the Australian Financial Review.
The Opposition is like a "crumbly old trade union", writes Annabel Crabb. The evidence? Tony Abbott declared an industrial dispute on Question Time and threatened to strike.
The horse racing Spring Carnival is in doubt, with jockeys taking industrial action against controversial new padded whip laws. Imagine the uproar if AFL players walked out on a game, says Ben Wise. Jockeys should just accept the changes and do their jobs.
Actors in the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance are striking on overseas commercials being shot locally, after the Screen Producers Association of Australia terminated its rates and conditions agreement. Although, as the SPAA wryly noted: "You cannot strike if you are not employed."