Industrial Relations

Delegates key to union power

Back in 2003-04, David Peetz and Barbara Pocock (from Griffith University and the University of Adelaide) conducted a survey of 2500 union delegates to examine the power of workers in their workplace. You can download the paper here (pdf). The paper on the report is definitely worth reading and at 11 pages (many of which…

Opposition IR Shadow Minister cut from Reith cloth

Workforce Daily has a few interesting takes on Eric Abetz’s elevation to the IR portfolio as part of the new Opposition Shadow Ministry. (No link unfortunately, as it’s an email newsletter). Abbott: Abbott praised Abetz for his “long-interest in employment issues and his record of standing up for the rights of employees and small business…

LabourStart Photo Competition

For all you inspired unionists out there, I strongly encourage you to enter the LabourStart Photo Competition. It’s a great initiative, and there are already some really good photos that have been submitted. This year I entered the photo you see here. It’s a picture I took in December 2008 of a protest out the…

Online social activism and Twitter

A large part of my job is online communications: blogs, social networking, and new fads like Twitter. A big challenge is how to use these tools in a meaningful way to support the campaigning and organising activities of the union. How can we engage our members and supporters using the social networking tools they are…

Corporate welfare should come with strings

Businesses receiving government corporate welfare should be required to follow industrial relations and OHS laws, and should put caps on executive and board payouts. There is a clear national interest. Governments (state and Federal) gives tax concessions and other support to many different kinds of business, in order to create jobs and ensure economic growth….