Posts Tagged ‘workplace relations’

100 days of Barry O’Fail.

By: John Robertson

Premier O’Farrell has spent his first 100 days in Government doing everything he said he wouldn’t – attacking worker rights, proposing retrospective legislation and avoiding independent scrutiny.

Opposition Leader John Robertson marked the Government’s first 100 days at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with nurses whose wages and conditions are under threat from the Premier’s unprecedented workplace laws.

“It has been 100 days of failures from the O’Farrell Government,” Opposition Leader John Robertson said.

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The Five Smartest US Congressional Bills You’ve Never Heard Of

by Ryan Rafaty

During any given Congressional term, literally thousands of proposals never make it past the committee stage of the legislative process. In recent years, less than 5 percent of all bills introduced ultimately became law. The scope of proposals in Congress garnering considerable media attention is similarly narrow. The pieces of legislation that attract the most publicity from the beltway media—like Paul Ryan’s radically unpopular plan to scrap Medicare—tend to drown out more sensible ideas that hardly stand any chance of enactment without public pressure on lawmakers to move the agenda forward.

But behind the smoke screen of the news cycle, there are several genuinely excellent pieces of legislation that remain more or less entirely shrouded from public view. The bills below are among the more progressive efforts underway in our 112th Congress, with sponsors and co-sponsors representing both sides of the aisle. They warrant far greater attention than they’re getting.

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The Need for a UN Mechanism to Enforce International Labour Law Standards



by Hugh McDermott


Globalisation is an important and vital element of the new world economy.  Not only does it allow companies to access competitively priced labour markets, it redistributes employment opportunities and can provide significant economic benefits to workers in emerging markets.

Offshore outsourcing which began in the 1990s is now the norm in most manufacturing companies. However, advances in internet technology is triggering a rise in offshoring white collar positions at a level never seen before. Companies like Virtual Employee and People in the Cloud offer skilled labour across a wide range of business functions in developing countries at competitive prices. This is opening up new labour markets for companies in developed economies and new opportunities for educated workers in developing nations.

In this climate, the role of the International Labor Organisation (ILO) in promoting labour rights is more relevant than ever before.

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by Kimberley Ramplin

In previous posts on the state on NSW politics, I largely focused on what I knew best – the decade I had spent as a Labor staffer.  Today, I turn my attention to the O’Farrell government, because today, my worst fears about the crushing victory Premier Barry O’Farrell secured in March 2011 have been realised.

For the first time since the early 1900s, a NSW Government has used a guillotine motion to effectively gag debate in the Legislative Council (Upper House) on its reforms to public sector wage increases.

The Premier claims, in a facile, lazy way that he is being allowed to get away with by all in the press gallery, bar the ABC’s Quentin Dempster, that he is simply following Labor’s public sector wages policy. This is not true.

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