AIER Newsletter – August 2011
Australian Institute of Employment Rights Inc. – News

In this issue:

  • Ron McCallum Debate Kicks Off Discussion Around Justice at Work

  • WorkRight!: How to Educate Students About Workplace Rights and Responsibilities

  • AIER Executive Member Profile: The Hon Paul Munro

  • ILO Presents a Business Case for Freedom of Association

  • Government Capping of Public Sector Wages Falls Below Australian Charter Standards


 
 
Ron McCallum Debate Kicks Off Discussion Around Justice at Work
On 22 June, The Australian Institute of Employment Rights presented the inaugural Ron McCallum Debate on the theme ‘Justice at Work’.  Featuring a keynote speech by former High Court judge, The Hon Michael Kirby and chaired by Jana Wendt, an audience of over 250 people gathered to recognise the contribution of Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum to our system of industrial relations and labour law and to debate the topic Justice at Work: Have we achieved it? Can the system deliver it?... read more
 
WorkRight!: How to Educate Students About Workplace Rights and Responsibilities
On 6 August 2011, Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg launched WorkRight, a multi-faceted teaching and learning package about workplace rights for young adults in Australia. Highlighting the importance of the resource to both teachers, students and the future of Australian workplaces, Justice Bromberg reflected on both its comprehensive nature and also the simplicity with which it deals with complex industrial relations dilemmas.

WorkRight is the result of a three-year collaboration between the Teacher Learning Network and the Australian Institute of Employment Rights…. read more
 
AIER Executive Member Profile: The Hon Paul Munro
AIER launches its series of Executive Committee member profiles with a Q&A with The Honourable Paul Munro.  A former Justice and Senior Presidential Member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Paul Munro has worked as a legal practitionerin Papua New Guinea, Melbourne and Sydney, was National Secretary of the Council of Australian Government Employee Organisations, was a national public sector union official and has had various senior roles in government and other organisations. .. read more
 
ILO Presents a Business Case for Freedom of Association
The International Labor Organization (ILO) recently released a new report detailing howfreedom of association fosters and supports economic and social development.  Entitled Freedom of Association and Development, the report identifies the ways in which strong independent worker and employer organisations contribute to the conditions that underpin economic progress.

Freedom of association is the cornerstone of the ILO’s approach to development through decent work; namely ensuring that all men and women have the ability to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity….  read more
 
Government Capping of Public Sector WagesFalls Below Australian Charter Standards
In this article Sean Reidy, a workplace law barrister and member of AIER’s Executive Committee, argues that the recent move by the NSW Government to cap wages of public sector employees by policy strips employees of their rights to bargain collectively and in good faith, as outlined by the Australian Charter of Employment Rights…. read more
  

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) is an independent organisation that seeks to ensure fair and decent workplace rights for all.  Informed by an expert panel of industrial relations practitioners, lawyers and academics, AIER works in the areas of legislation, research, education and advocacy to champion the fundamental rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, and to create positive workplaces.
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