The HR Nicholls Society believes that in a modern society there is no intrinsic imbalance in bargaining power between employers and employees and the regulation of workplace relations should be minimal. That is in the interests of both sides and in maximising economic growth for the economic and social benefit of the nation.

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HR Nicholls Society XXXVI Conference: Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The XXXVI Annual Conference of the HR Nicholls Society entitled “The Fair Work Act -an Australian idiosyncrasy” will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 23rd of September in Melbourne. Speakers include : Mr Tony Shepherd, chairman, WestConnex Delivery Authority, past president of Business Council of Australia S Barklamb, Executive Director, Australian Mines and Metals Association […]

Gillard’s Unanswered Questions

In September, 2014, His Honour Justice Dyson Heydon delivered his Interim Report into the AWU Workplace Reform Association. Julia Gillard’s incurious cheer squad breathed a sigh of relief, trotted out the old ‘no smoking gun’ meme and retired smugly to their chardonnay and tofu. I may be tilting at windmills but I am not satisfied. […]

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Mr Shorten, Please Explain…..

The Sydney Morning Herald has four questions for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten: QUESTION: Were Winslow workers in 2005 (when the company paid for their dues) aware that they were AWU members? QUESTION: What did Winslow get in return for paying the AWU? QUESTION: Was it common practice for the AWU to have companies pay for the membership […]

MUA hit with record court order for bullying employer

The Australian reports: The Maritime Union of Australia has been stung with a $560,000 court order after its officials bullied an employer to maintain a “closed shop” that barred non-unionised workers from employment.   Federal Court judge John Gilmour also ordered the employer, Skilled Offshore (Australia), to pay $241,000 to a Perth couple, Bruce and […]

Review into Penalty Rates and the Minimum Wage

The WA News reports on some very positive developments: Penalty rates, the minimum wage and the workplace flexibility of 11.5 million Australian workers will come under the microscope in a sweeping review of the industrial relations system. In an interview to mark the launch of five issues papers that set out the key areas the […]

Employers step up efforts to get rid of penalty rates

The SMH has reported on recent efforts to amend Australia’s job-destroying penalty rates:  Australian industry is mounting a concerted campaign to wind back and abolish weekend and public holiday penalty rates, particularly in the hospitality sector. Employer submissions to the Fair Work Commission’s review of minimum wage conditions across the economy filed in the last […]

Letter to the Editor: Productivity Commission Review

Judith Sloan draws attention to the regrettable absence from the review of workplace relations by the Productivity Commission of any “specific reference to examining individual contracting and the restrictions that arise from the present framework”.  Indeed, the terms of reference are bereft of any overall indication of what the review’s framework objective might be and […]

Australian Tour of International Labour Market Expert Prof Bernd Fitzenberger

The HR Nicholls Society would like to warmly invite you to participate in the Australian Tour of Professor Bernd Fitzenberger of Freiburg University, one of the world’s leading labour market experts, on “Labour Relations for a Resilient Economy”. Professor Fitzenberger will be speaking in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth on the German model for labour […]

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