Category Archives: Industrial Relations

Australia’s GDP grows by 0.6% in March, 2.6% for the past year

First the obligatory, “less than analysists” expected sentence. OK. Now onto the data. Yep, the ABS in the midst of the quarterly economic nerd week, released the national accounts today. Growth was below trend. Even trend growth was below trend. … Continue reading

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Industrial Disputes: Unions forget they’re suppose to be on the warpath

Well along with the good employment figures, the ABS also released the quarterly industrial disputes, and surprise, surprise, the amount of working days lost fell in the December quarter: Look I know, I know. Who wants all that context, – … Continue reading

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Industrial Disputes–strike me pink

And now to round out the week’s economic data, Industrial Disputes. No doubt these’ll get a big run tomorrow in certain newspapers (a hell of a lot more than they gave the productivity figures, I’m guessing). First the long term … Continue reading

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Drum Post: The Industrial War that Isn’t

My Drum post looks at talk about how the IR legislation is now too pro-union. It’s an old issue. One that crops up every 2-3 months whenever any data is released that can somehow be shoehorned into conforming to the … Continue reading

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Wages Breakout Lets Us Down Once Again

It is really starting to get annoying. Today the ABS once again produced data that failed to show any sign of a wages breakout. How long must we go before we turf out these current union hacks and bring back … Continue reading

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Industrial Disputes–Health and Education Sectors fuel jump in hours lost

Ending the run of economic data this week is the release by the ABS of the Industrial Disputes. This is always a favourite among some sections of the media who hate unions and who instinctively believe a “flexible IR policy” … Continue reading

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Australia’s June Quarter GDP growth is 0.6%

Today the ABS released the quarterly national accounts. The headline figure is GDP growth marginally below expectations of 0.6% in seasonally adjusted terms. In trend terms it came in at 0.8% The biggish news is that the March GDP growth … Continue reading

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June Quarter WPI shows once again Wages fail to Breakout.

I’ve written about this quite a few times, but if there has been one aspect of the economic debate that has been more subject to obdurate facts it is that of IR and the predictions of the Fair Work Act … Continue reading

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Industrial Disputes figures: less disputes, less hours lost in March quarter

As well as the Labour Force Data, the ABS today also released the latest figures for Industrial Disputes. The ABS notes: For the March quarter 2012, there were 43 disputes, 31 less than in the December quarter 2011. The number … Continue reading

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