trade unions


15 Oct 2018

This statistical snapshot outlines the decline in union membership in Australia over the past forty years using the latest data available and considers possible reasons for the decline.

Briefing paper

23 Sep 2018

A majority of Australians believe the Royal Commission into Banks and Financial Services has uncovered more wrong doing (70%) and is most important for Australians (65%) compared to the Royal Commission into Trade Unions.

Discussion paper

10 Jun 2018

This paper shows why trade unions and collective bargaining are good for workers and good for the economy. It shows how the decline of the union movement has contributed to a growing power imbalance in the economy and to soaring inequality.

Discussion paper

1 Jun 2018

The story of the emergence of a new trade union for artists – Artists’ Union England – is the subject of this edition of CAMEo Cuts.

As a founder member of the Union, artist Angela Kennedy offers an insight into the thinking and organisation...


29 Nov 2017

This report highlights the need for reform to the superannuation system to ensure that governance structures are such that fund members’ interests are protected.


The partnership between delivery platform Deliveroo and workers' cooperative SMart has been terminated, sparking new debate over workers' rights in the platform economy
31 Oct 2017

Platform work, one of the new forms of employment to have recently emerged in the EU, has already become the subject of heated debate. Beyond its effects on traditional occupations and the labour market more generally, many have raised concerns about the working and employment...


26 Jul 2017

Did you know that the seventh most expensive building in the world is being built right here in Australia? No, it’s not a giant apartment block on the Gold Coast. It’s not a flashy new casino. It’s not even the recently announced hotel and apartment...


28 Dec 2015

Royal Commissioner John Dyson Heydon AC QC delivered his Final Report to the Governor General on 28 December 2015.

The Final Report has been tabled in Parliament.

The report concludes the Commission's national inquiry into trade union governance and corruption which began on...



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