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Labour rights

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Labor rights
Workers' rights
Policy report

The future of enforcement for migrant workers in Australia: lessons from overseas

This report offers a series of pragmatic policy solutions to motivate employers to engage with their employees fairly, and to remove barriers to justice for migrants who have been exploited.
Policy report

Exploratory study of good policies in the protection of construction workers in the Middle East

This paper explores the changes that have taken place over the past few decades in the way in which workers are employed in the construction industry. As a number of studies have recently dealt with the challenge of eliminating recruitment debt, this paper will focus...
Journal article

"Thrown away like a banana leaf”: Precarity of labour and precarity of place for Tamil migrant construction workers in Singapore

Despite labouring for three decades in Singapore, and being connected to the existing Tamil diasporic community there, Tamil migrant construction workers have been left out of state rhetoric and face economic marginalisation and social exclusion. In this article, the authors draw on rich ethnographic data...
Submission

Technology and power: understanding issues of insecure work and technological change in Australian workplaces

Mapping existing trends and concerns held by workers across a diverse range of industries, this submission discusses workplace technologies in the context of different labour processes and employment relationships.
Report

Building towers, cheating workers

As the UAE undergoes one of the largest construction booms in the world, at least half a million migrant construction workers are employed there. Behind the glitter and luxury, the experiences of these migrant workers present a much less attractive picture-of wage exploitation, indebtedness to...
Report

Migrant workers' rights on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates: 2015 progress report

While UAE authorities have recently made significant reforms to Emirati labor law and policy, their failure to rigorously investigate violations and enforce the new laws are contributing to continuing violation of workers’ rights. Some employers continue to withhold wages and benefits from workers, fail to...
Briefing paper

Wage Theft Bill 2020: Bill Brief

This Bill Brief provides an overview of the Victorian Wage Theft Bill 2020.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Would building workers have less rights than ice dealers under ABCC laws?

The CFMEU claims that if the Coalition re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission, a worker will have "less rights than an ice dealer".
Report

Managing conflicts and disasters: exploring collaboration between employers’ and workers’ organizations

This report looks at the potential for collaboration between employer and business membership organizations (EBMOs) and workers’ organizations in crises arising from conflicts and disasters.
Report

The long struggle of the Amazon employees

This study explores the structures of the Amazon company and worker's experience of trade union resistance in Germany. The research is primarily based on a series of interviews conducted with Amazon strike activists which took place within trade union meetings as well as an Amazon...