5th Annual Ron McCallum Debate; Productivity Commission's Draft Report; Freedom of Association; AIER Research Services. 
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Decent Work  

AIER attended the 4th Regulating for Decent Work Conference held at the ILO in Geneva last month.

Along with presenting our paper on intern advocacy organisations, we attended workshops on precarious work, the on-demand economy and the austerity politics and labour reform.

Our report of the proceedings and the insights we took from the conference is now on our website.

Freedom of Association 

The ALRC has released its draft report into Traditional Rights and Freedoms. 

Freedom of Association is one such rights under increasing threat in Australia.

AIER made a submission on the unnecessary constraints the Fair Work Act places on collective bargaining and industrial action. 

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5th Annual Ron McCallum Debate 

AIER is excited to once again be hosting with the support of Harmers Workplace Lawyers our annual public debate in honour of Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO. 

The 2015 Ron McCallum Debate will be held on Tuesday 6 October from 4pm, at the Swissotel, 68 Market Street, Sydney

More details to follow soon.

AIER on the Draft PC Report

The Productivity Commission’s draft report on the Workplace Relations Framework has certainly generated a lot of attention as expected and as it should. Essentially the draft report argues the system is fine. From the Commission’s perspective “repair not replacement” is the policy imperative. In many ways it vindicates the authors of the previous review into the Fair Work Act, who similarly found that the legislation was operating broadly as intended and also significantly that there was no convincing evidence that the Fair Work Act impedes productivity growth.
There is a lot of value in reports like these. The Productivity Commission has the capacity to investigate and interrogate an enormous amount of evidence and argument. The draft report’s almost 1000 pages provides detail and considered responses to the issues it chooses to cover.

But such reports must always be read with their limitations in mind. The Productivity Commission approaches its task from its “economic rationalist” perspective that values economic efficiency over social values. AIER, of course, takes a different approach, grounding our work in a rights-based approach as elucidated in our Charter of Employment Rights.
The Productivity Commission’s draft report can be seen as yet another step on the well-worn path of restricting and eliminating the collective interests of workers from the industrial relations system, in contravention of international standards. But this is not so radical. It is a project that has been underway for 30 years.
The regulation of workplace relations has a profound social role, along with an economic one. The Productivity Commission acknowledges this in its report but then makes recommendations and findings at odds with this notion. There are some worrying elements to the report that have been widely noted. 

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