Entries by Bismark02

ABS Data Confirms Union Movement’s Irrelevancy

This weeks’ data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) serves as further confirmation of Australian trade unionism’s relentless slide into irrelevancy Figures released on Tuesday showed that the number of Australians who are members of trade unions within their main occupation fell again, to a record low of 15% in August 2015. In the private […]

Media Release: Unfreeze IR debate and action

The president of the HR Nicholls Society, Adam Bisits, has welcomed Mr Turnbull’s focus on the economy and a commitment to a proper debate on economic issues.  A focus on the economy by new prime minister Turnbull requires amongst other things greater freedom of employment. “The freeze on the practical problems with the IR system […]

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 […]

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 […]

Media Release: Unemployment Up 0.4% since last January

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 February 2015 Unemployment Up 0.4% since last January The unemployment rate of 6.4% (s adj) in January is 0.4 percentage point higher than it was in January 2014 as was the unadjusted figure of 6.8%. Moreover, the increase of employment of only 1.6% over the past year continues to fail to keep pace with the growth in the […]

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 […]