Workforce surveyed key IR figures on what they saw as the big issues in 2018, and what they expected to be the major talking points for 2019. Here’s what they said: Kelly O’Dwyer, federal minister for industrial relations and employment What was the most important issue or event in industrial relations this year? It has become ...more
Australia is the biggest automation user in the world, a leading robotics engineer has argued. But while such automation is having enormous productivity benefits it is also threatening to increase income inequality and “decimate” regional areas. University of Sydney mechatronic engineering Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte spoke to the ALERA conference on Friday (May 27) to point ...more
Australia’s unemployment rate has dropped from 5.2% to 5% – with 11.417m people now working, the latest labour force figures reveal. But separate Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the proportion of long-term unemployed is on the up. The labour force figures show the employment rise in December was driven by more full-time and part-time ...more
More than 105 major employers representing 15 diverse industries nationwide have committed to make 21,000 jobs available to Indigenous Australians as part of the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC). Launched in 2008 by Fortescue Metals Group CEO Andrew Forrest with the backing of PM Kevin Rudd, the AEC aims to end disparity between non-indigenous and Indigenous ...more
WFD: The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.1% in Feb, to 5.3% (after the Jan figure was “downwardly revised” to 5.2%), according to ABS Labour Force stats released on March 11 (WF1714).
During the GFC, workers who stayed in their jobs didn’t reduce their working hours, despite widespread govt and commentator claims that cuts in hours had helped stem job losses during the downturn, a new report has revealed.