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Are lazy workers to blame for their stagnant wages?

Are lazy workers to blame for their stagnant wages?

According to Treasury, wage stagnation has nothing to do with the government — workers just need to go and find businesses that pay higher wages.

What does the economic slowdown say about the RBA?

What does the economic slowdown say about the RBA?

Crikey readers discuss the Reserve Bank's interest rate cuts and Australia's productivity stagnation.

Australia’s lost decade beckons as productivity, investment and wages slump

Australia’s lost decade beckons as productivity, investment and wages slump

Australia now has a real productivity crisis. So where's the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanied the fake crisis claimed to have happened under Labor?

Delusions run deeper and deeper for Australian business

Delusions run deeper and deeper for Australian business

The new line from the business lobby is that our economic growth is "just luck". In fact the refusal of politicians to obey their demands has been crucial to that "luck".

OECD shows workplace deregulation doesn’t work

OECD shows workplace deregulation doesn’t work

A new OECD report suggests Workchoices-style industrial relations deregulation doesn't help wages growth or employment.

Hard times in the bush and soft wages make for a tepid economy

Hard times in the bush and soft wages make for a tepid economy

While the economy continues to rack up moderate growth, there are some weak points.

The overlooked area of our economy that could hold the key to productivity

The overlooked area of our economy that could hold the key to productivity

We talk a lot about productivity but rarely with any seriousness. And we might not even be looking in the right place for growth.

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

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?

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

Parasitic mining industry won’t stop bleeding Australia dry

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.