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The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.With thanks to Rob Corr Recently, there has been a rush of business lobby groups from the retail and hospitality sectors talking about the terrible evils of weekend penalty rates. Not, let’s be clear, the penalty rates received by paramedics, …

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Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The trade union royal commission, in just three weeks, has attempted to unwind over a decade of work to improve the culture of safety at construction sites. Three years ago, the ACT Government released the Getting Home Safely report. The …

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Sorry policy-makers, the two-degrees warming policy is a road to disaster

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Originally posted on my Guardian blog. Global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a timely analysis on economic growth and carbon emissions, which makes the point that there is a “disconnect between the global climate negotiations aiming for a 2°C limit …

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Bangladeshi workers are particularly vulnerable to climate change

Global labour’s challenge to climate change

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.I originally published this on The Guardian and am republishing it here. At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: …

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