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It's Broken: Workers' Compensation in New South Wales since 2012

This report by the McKell Institute outlines the inadequate state of NSW’s workers’ compensation framework since major reforms to the system occurred in 2012. Workers’ compensation is a fundamental workers’ entitlement, and is central to every Australians’ safety net, having operated in some form for over 100 years, and in New South Wales since 1910. While all responsible policy makers, businesses, and trade unions are on a unity ticket when it comes to ensuring Australian workplaces are safe, the unfortunate reality is that hundreds of thousands of Australian workers are hurt on the job each year, necessitating workers’ compensation schemes to ensure that those who suffer workplace injuries are not driven towards poverty.
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Wage Norms And The Link To Public Sector Salary Caps

This report addresses the nature and effects of wage norms and their links to public sector salary caps.  Questions addressed include: what are the recent patterns of nominal and real wages growth? What is the role of wage norms in explaining these patterns?  What influences does public policy have on those norms, particularly through public sector pay. What would be the result of changing those policy settings? It pays particular attention to the role of public sector ‘salary caps’, and makes special reference to the situation in the New South Wales public sector.
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Unions NSW Response to Women's Economic Opportunities Review

Unions NSW’s submission to the NSW Government’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Review focuses on ten recommendations to support women in the workforce, create the opportunities and conditions for women to succeed and improve women’s economic security throughout their lifetime.
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Unions NSW 2021 Annual Report

In 2021, Sydney Trades Hall celebrated 150 years of fighting for working people. However, the actual celebration has had to wait like so many other celebrations. Across our state, hundreds of thousands could not do their jobs due to lockdowns, especially in Sydney’s west and south-west.
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Gender Equality Position Paper

Unions NSW values equality, justice, integrity and progressing the lives of working people. Unions NSW will, in partnership with affiliates, use its powerful civil society voice and formidable industrial influence to advocate to government and employers for workplace gender equality.
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Final Joint Submissions re Migration Amendment

The Department to consider altering discretionary provisions to vest courts with powers to make additional enforcement orders including adverse publicity orders and banning orders prohibiting employers from employing migrant workers and people under the age of 25 for a fixed term following a finding of non-compliance.
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Build it here: The economic cost of offshoring major transport projects in New South Wales

Public procurement is a major driver of economic activity, constituting 15% of GPD – higher than the OECD average of 11%. Through competitive tender processes, governments in Australia have awarded 13% of all public procurement expenditure to international bidders. In awarding tenders for major projects, governments must balance public expectations with the need to ensure that major expenditure commitments represent value for money.
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Working for $9 hour

Labour is vital to the Australian horticulture industry. Seasonal variation and the transient nature of the work makes the farmworker population difficult to measure. It is estimated that approximately 142,000 people work in the horticulture industry. Fruit grape and nut farms employ around 104,000 workers and vegetable farms employ 38,000 workers.
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Young, free and living precariously

There has been significant media reporting and public commentary on the impact on young people of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic recession. However, there is limited empirical research into the experiences of young people during the height of the 2020 pandemic. This discussion paper is the result of a survey of over 300 respondents conducted during the final months of 2020.
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