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Exotic dancers and the tyranny of the status quo?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Since 2012 ICA has been tracking the extraordinary debate happening in the UK about the ‘evils’ of self-employment. The debate was first ignited by the UK Trades Union movement. UK self-employment has doubled since 1975 to be now 15 per cent of the workforce (4.5 million people). Incredibly, UK unions say this is socially destructive.

Earlier this year a union-orientated think-tank, the Resolution Foundation, made similar claims.   More...


Firm receives tendering ban for breach of Victorian Construction Code

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Victorian government this week imposed the first sanction against a construction firm for breach of the Victorian Construction Code, banning it from tendering for a period of 3 months. The firm was dictating industrial relations arrangements to a subcontractor, forcing the subbie to use the union. Ken Phillips explains the issue hereMore...


Businesses in a conspiracy with unions

Friday, July 11, 2014

The ugly truth about Australia’s industrial relations problems was on full display this week. The concrete supplier Boral has been ‘black banned’ by the construction union because they supplied concrete to the unions' hated enemy: Grocon. The CEO of Boral has made strong accusations alleging that competitors are in collusion with the union.  

ICA's CEO, Ken Phillips, wrote an open letter to Boral’s CEO, which was published in Business Spectator, expressing his agreement. Among other things, Ken said that where there is union thuggery “there is inevitably collusive coordination by the union with a competitor”. Ken's full blog post is hereMore...



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