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  • 16 May 2024 12:25 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    How did you get into workplace relations?

    I was sick of everyone whinging in the tearoom about their workplace concerns so I became active in raising issues and importantly putting forward solutions and working with management to ensure change. For me, it has always been about the basic values and fairness and that continues to be my motivation.

    What advice would you give your younger self?

    Take risks and when faced with “sliding door moments”, always choose the door which is the uncomfortable way forward to open up new challenges and experiences. Always keep learning.

    What do you feel has been the biggest achievement in your career to date?

    Appointment to the role as Deputy President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission and utilising my depth of experience gained through 17 years as the State Secretary of the Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation.

    What is the biggest emerging issue in workplace relations?

    Workplace relations is now more complex and technical and becoming out of touch for many. Despite the changing industrial frameworks, employees and managers still need to work in a shared interest-based approach in a collaborative working environment. Unfortunately, many managers who have been promoted due to their advanced skill set, may not have the important skills of industrial relations, which ultimately is about people, communication, mutual respect and the employment relationship.

    Who is the person you most admire?

    I’ve been lucky to have many mentors during my career and have admired them all and they have been instrumental in my work- life balance. I have sought out support when I felt I needed to be able to share ideas and strategy and have had union, management, board chairs, lawyers and academics to work with and I am always grateful for their advice.

    Tell us a random fun fact about you?

    I am addicted to masters rowing and have just competed at Nationals. You have to be abnormal to want to train at 6 am in the cold and dark four days a week and also turn up regularly to the gym.


  • 2 May 2024 10:58 AM | ALERA (Administrator)

    Chaired by Prof Rae Cooper, AO (University of Sydney and President Elect ILERA) together with the following renowned expert speakers.

    Prof Mia Rönnmar (Lund University)

    A/Prof Chris F Wright (University of Sydney) and Prof Colm McLaughlin (University College Dublin)

    Prof Clare Kelliher (Cranfield University)

    Janine Berg (ILO)

    The seminar includes reflections from leaders of ILERA and its Study Groups as well as from a senior ILO representative. Participants discussed their recent research on ‘work and labour market change in and after the pandemic’.

    View the presentation slides here or watch the seminar here.

  • 18 Mar 2024 12:49 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    The FWC have published a plain language fact sheet on some recent changes to the general protections under the Fair Work Act 2009.

    General protections changes: workplace delegates’ rights

    There are new protections for workplace delegates when they are carrying out that role.

    A workplace delegate is a person appointed or elected by a union to be a delegate or representative for union members working in a particular enterprise. They have the right to represent the industrial interests of members and potential members.

    These laws cover most employees and businesses in Australia.

    Download: Changes to general protections: Workplace delegates’ rights (pdf)

    Find out more

    Visit the FWC website to learn more about the general protections including who the general protections laws cover.

    Find out about other upcoming changes on our Closing Loopholes Acts – what’s changing webpage.


  • 4 Mar 2024 11:48 AM | ALERA (Administrator)

    The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023 received Royal Assent on 26 February 2024.  
     
    A number of provisions relating to the functions of the Commission have commenced. These affect bargaining and agreement making, and registered organisations amalgamation withdrawal. Other measures commence at later dates.
     
    The FWC President has published a Statement setting out how it intends to implement the measures impacting the work of the Commission.
     
    A list of the measures and their commencement dates is on the FWC website.   
     
    To find out more click here

  • 20 Dec 2023 2:43 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    Women and Work in Asia and the Pacific

    Experiences, challenges and ways forward

    EDITED BY JANE PARKER, MARIAN BAIRD, NOELLE DONNELLY AND RAE COOPER

    Gender equity at work and beyond

    Working women everywhere face discrimination. Inequality and lack of inclusion is reinforced through regulation, policy, behaviours and attitudes. Although there has been progress in some countries, gender equality at work has yet to be achieved by any nation.

    This in-depth study examines the challenges faced by working women, their families and communities in ten countries throughout Asia and the Pacific: Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Pakistan and the Philippines. Informed by the work of senior academics, policy-makers and community group representatives, and with a foreword by Elizabeth Broderick AO, independent expert, for the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, United Nations Human Rights Council, working women’s experiences are described and analysed within a framework of four themes: demography, globalisation, technological development and sustainability.

    Drawing on this wide range of qualitative and quantitative evidence, the authors set out recommendations for co-ordinated and context-sensitive responses specific to each country to improve the working lives of women and girls.

    Click here to find out how you can read more.

  • 20 Dec 2023 2:11 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    An article published by  Satoshi Araki; Sandrine Cazes; Andrea Garnero and Andrea Salvatori was advertised via the ILERA newsletter and available on  the OECD Library.

    Abstract

    The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic lost momentum in 2022, with employment and unemployment stabilising. Labour markets remain tight, despite signs of easing. In this context, the quality of jobs on offer has improved in some dimensions, but real wages are falling significantly in almost all OECD countries despite a pick-up in nominal wage growth. In most countries, profits have grown robustly, often more than nominal wages. Nominal minimum wages are keeping pace with inflation, but any real gains may fade rapidly if inflation remains high. In contrast, wages negotiated in collective agreements between employers or employers’ organisations and trade unions are reacting with some delay even in countries where the majority of workers are covered by a collective agreement, although a catch-up phase is expected in the coming quarters.

    Please click here to read the article in full.



  • 14 Dec 2023 11:51 AM | ALERA (Administrator)

    In a move towards progress and inclusivity, ALERA proudly announces the implementation of its updated Association rules. The transformation marks a pivotal moment in the Association’s history, ushering in a modernised, professional, and highly responsive framework that sets the stage for a reinvigorated Industrial Relations Peak Body.

    To meet the rapidly evolving needs of its members, this change empowers the ALERA Executive to navigate challenges with confidence, agility and innovation. The Association actively seeks to broaden its community, fostering an environment that encourages diversity and collaboration.

    Members are encouraged to visit the ALERA website    the updated rules.


  • 1 Nov 2023 2:21 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations tribunal. They help resolve workplace disputes and set minimum pay and conditions.

    New ‘Learning, tools and resources’ subscriber service

    They have launched a new, free email subscription service called ‘Learning, tools and resources’.

    Subscribers to the new service will receive occasional emails containing practical, plain language information about employment matters we deal with at the Commission.

    They will send you information on a range of topics including:

    • bullying and sexual harassment at work
    • unfair dismissal
    • discrimination (general protections)
    • workplace disputes including about flexible work and parental leave.

    As a tribunal, the Commission is unable to provide legal advice. They encourage you to make use of their free materials to support your work.

    Do you know about ‘zombie agreements’?

    They have new resources to help people find out if they may be affected by the sunsetting of ‘zombie agreements’ on 7 December 2023.

    If a ‘zombie agreement’ sunsets, the legal minimum pay and conditions for employees that were covered by that agreement they are very likely to change.

    What is a zombie agreement? — On 7 December 2023, certain agreements made before 2010 that are still in operation (‘zombie agreements’) will automatically terminate (‘sunset’) unless an application is made to the Fair Work Commission before 7 December 2023 to extend their operation.


  • 4 Apr 2023 12:53 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) has initiated an Indigenous Early Career Researcher Editorial Traineeship.

    The initiative reflects JIR’s commitment to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous scholarship and scholars in the field of industrial relations.

    It forms part of the journal’s vision of contributing to high quality academic scholarship, policy debates and professional practice in industrial relations.

    The JIR publishes papers on past, present and future issues relating to employment, work organisation and labour regulation, and theoretical understandings of contemporary issues in Australia and internationally. See: https://journals.sagepub.com/aims-scope/JIR.

    The field of Industrial Relations is broad, drawing its strength from multidisciplinary analyses of the changing nature of the world of work and employment.

    Industrial relations scholarship examines the employment relationship and the actors within that relationship – working people, employers, employment institutions (trade unions & employer organisations), civil society organisations and the state.

    Attention focuses on the implications, consequences and relevance of the nature and function of the key institutions and processes that shape the labour-capital relationship more generally.

    JIR recognises that Indigenous knowledges are an essential part of research, and that Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing underpin the respect, reciprocity and responsibility that are the basis of any research conducted by and with Indigenous peoples.

    JIR editorial traineeships for Indigenous early career researchers will initially be offered to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons. In the future, JIR will extend the initiative to Māori and Pacific Islander persons. Each traineeship will be for a two-year period.

    Trainees will be involved in:

    • A buddy and mentoring scheme

    • Attending and participating in quarterly editorial team meetings with Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors and Associate Editors

    • Involvement in peer reviewing two journal articles per year with mentoring support

    • Independent reviewing with guidance in year two

    • Contributing to the JIR Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII) subcommittee

    • Contributing to the JIR Social Media Strategy subcommittee.

    Traineeships offer participants:

    • Support and mentoring from the editorial team

    • Shadowing of editorial team in the peer review process

    • Learning new skills

    • Expanding academic networks

    • Formal journal recognition

    • Training and development to enhance career development

    • Exposure to the latest research in the field

    • Gaining foundational knowledge relating to research integrity / ethical norms.

    Invitation to Submit an Expression of Interest

    We invite applicants who have completed a PhD in the preceding eight years (not including career interruptions) or who are in the final year of PhD completion to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

    Applicants will have at least 2 publications broadly relevant to the multidisciplinary field of Industrial Relations. This may include peer-reviewed publications, as well as book chapters, industry reports, policy submissions, op-eds, articles in the Conversation and others.

    Applicants are asked to briefly respond to the following prompts:

    1. Please tell us about your research interests and how they do, or may, intersect with industrial relations research.

    2. Please tell us why you are interested in participating in the Traineeship.

    3. How might the Traineeship benefit your career development and research?

    All prospective candidates are welcome to reach out with any questions they might have about the program or the journal.

    For questions or more information about the JIR Indigenous Editorial Traineeship Program, please contact:

    • Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer
    s.leroydyer@uq.edu.au

    • Associate Professor Tyron Love
    tyron.love@canterbury.ac.nz

    For questions or queries about the Journal of Industrial Relations, please contact:

    • Amanda Pyman and Lucy Taksa, Editors-In-Chief, at jir@deakin.edu.au.

    Please submit your application, along with a one-page CV including your publications, to jir@deakin.edu.au.

    This is an open call for applications and positions will remain open until filled.

    EOIs will be assessed by the JIR Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII) subcommittee.

    We invite scholars to distribute this call widely through their professional associations and networks.


    ALERA Members; Neroli Ellis (ALERA President), Julian Teicher (IRSV), Greg Bamber (IRSV), Chris Mealin (IRSV), and the JIR Editorial Team;   Lucy Taska, Amanda Pyman, Amanda Cole, Karen Douglas together with guest speakers Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer and Mark Rose.


  • 3 Apr 2023 1:06 PM | ALERA (Administrator)

    ALERA is pleased to share the latest news on the appointment of new Members to the Fair Work Commission. The Australian Government has appointed five new Members to the Commission, and the promotion of an existing Member to the role of    Vice President . These appointments will help ensure the Commission can continue to deliver fair and effective workplace relations outcomes for Australian workers and businesses.

    Congratulations to the new appointees, who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles and strive to create a more productive and inclusive workplace for all Australians.

    Read more about these appointments in the media release from Tony Burke MP.


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