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Union organising and labour market rules: two sides of the same coin

Labour market Labour supply Industrial relations Trade unions Collective bargaining Australia

This analysis suggests that Australia faces a dual challenge: improving protection of workers’ basic rights and freedoms, and strengthening workers’ collective ability (given those rights and freedoms) to achieve better economic outcomes (like wage increases and job security). International evidence is also clear that societies in which the benefits of economic growth are shared more broadly across working and middle-income households demonstrate better economic and social outcomes. Rebuilding the labour practices and institutions necessary for more inclusive and stable prosperity will require progress along both of those tracks: greater respect for basic labour rights, and stronger unions and collective bargaining systems.

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