Rhoda Stuart, freethinker, socialist and accomplished singer, just one of 2,000 entries in the biographical register of the Australian labour movement.
Lives promotes innovative research into the role of the individual in
labour and social history.
Working Lives draws together contributors examining a range of labour biography subjects and methodologies, including: labour history and narrative identity, trade union leadership, labour intellectuals, studies of the justices of the NSW Industrial Commission and a progress report on the Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement which includes entries on 2,000 labour activists.
ACTU President Ged Kearney says Australian workers can’t afford Tony Abbott’s amendments to the Fair Work Act. Read
Guy Standing's latest book, A Precariat Charter, asserts the rights of the economically marginalised. Read
A new report on the future of work by the Commission for Employment and Skills in the United Kingdom outlines a 'four generation workforce’ by 2030. Read
Peter O’Brien reports on the rise of Zero Hours contracts in Britain – an ugly form of labour market deregulation. Read
Han Dongfang argues that the emerging labour movement in China will exert a profound impact on the country's future - and the rest of the world.
During the 2013 election campaign Tony Abbott was desperate to smother a debate on industrial relations. It's hardly surprising, because industrial relations raises fundamental questions about the society we live in, questions Mister Abbott seems keen to avoid. Read
A complex character and devious negotiator, with an ability to capture the hearts and minds of his audience through his oratory; Lis Kirkby finds David Lloyd George a political life for our times. Read
It is 30 years since the Hawke government joined with the trade union movement in the Prices and Income Accord, initiating a transformative, nation-building mission. Read
Eric Knight bases his book on the premise that the world is examined through a magnifying glass, and the magnifying glass is pointed at shiny objects. Read
Unions in Michigan have failed to gain voter support for legislative protection of workers rights. The defeat is likely to lead to pressure by the Michigan legislature to enact a 'right to work' law. Read