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Construction sector: FWBC's enforcement regime paying dividends

Sunday, March 23, 2014

We’ve long campaigned against the oppression experienced by independent contractor subbies at the hands of union officials in the Australian construction sector. More recently, we've submitted our concerns about the collusion in the sector between unions and some large, dominant firms which limits competition.  More...


Disability care needs flexible workforces

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An ICA member reflects that disability care requires flexible workforce arrangements, and people prepared to do the work! The ICA member says:

I am interested in the progress of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and admit self-interest.  I now have my 93-year-old, infirm mother living in my home and requiring a high level of care. More...


Small Business IR Xmas present from Queensland

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yesterday, Queensland’s Newman government handed small business people in Queensland a surprise Christmas present. It released a paper floating the idea of bringing back its industrial relations powers for unincorporated businesses (sole traders and partnerships). If it proceeds, many small businesses in Queensland will benefit by escaping from the clutches of the Fair Work Act. Links to the paper, ICA's response and other information are here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is here. And his Courier-Mail article is hereMore...


Construction Violence: “It’s a long way to fall, mate!”

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

ICA has released its report and submission to a Victorian inquiry into construction union violence. The report—“It’s a long way to fall, mate!”—calls for action to prosecute violence and harassment on worksites and to investigate and address bikie gang and drug trafficking problems on Victorian construction sites. The Herald Sun has given the report major coverage todayMore...


Changing the IR (construction) game in Victoria

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Victorian Baillieu government is doing something about construction cost blow-outs due to bad industrial relations. Here’s Ken Phillips’ assessment, a speech from Victorian Premier Baillieu and an interview with the new Victorian construction regulator. More...



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