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Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. He is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

Unions can't paint over a construction revolution

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The militant construction union the CFMEU has announced 'we've won', in its battle to stop the Victorian government's construction code. But closer attention shows the CFMEU's victory declaration is spin.

The code is designed to give the Victorian government control over its infrastructure construction costs. It's been put in place because blowouts in construction costs threaten the viability of the government's infrastructure budget. The code simply states that if a construction firm has bad, unproductive industrial relations agreements the firm need not bother to tender for government work. More...

The union hand on the wheel that doomed Ford

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There's more to the Ford closure story than at first appears.

In fact, there's a monster truck crashing over the bonnets of the car manufacturing industry in Australia.  Unfortunately, no one seems capable of stopping its destructive progress. Sitting in the driver's seat are Australia's manufacturing unions shouting loud about 'workers' rights'.  These unions share a big part of the blame for the industry's progressive decline and job losses. More...

How Abbott outflanked Labor on IR

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Coalition's industrial relations policy is a real disappointment to many.

It's disappointing for big business lobbyists who wanted a commitment to individual employment agreements. They wanted a dropping of good faith bargaining provisions and the reintroduction of employer friendly Greenfield agreements amongst many items. Most things on their wish list are technical legal issues relating to how union negotiations are to be handled. More...

Pay for cooks shows IR madness

Thursday, May 09, 2013

 If there is a single example that the Australian industrial relations system has lost all balance and common sense, it's in the pay rates to cooks working on ships involved in the oil and gas industries. The cooks are on a $230,000 package for a rotating roster and they effectively work only six months a year. More...

Hospitality penalty rates killing our weekend cafe society

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Penalty rate hikes in awards, particularly weekend and public holiday rates, are causing Australia to undergo a backward revolution. It's a step into the past by stealth. Restrictive trading hours are being imposed through the mechanism of business-breaking cost hikes. More...

Contract killers for the mining boom

Monday, April 15, 2013

Woodside's announcement last week that it would pull out of its $45 billion onshore Browse LNG project in Western Australia is a horrid whack in the head for Australia's wealth creation capacity. No responsible government can afford to ignore what's happened because there's surely more of this to come. More...

457 visas about union control

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Even though Julia Gillard's comments against 457 visa workers have horrible undertones of historical Labor racism, they aren't racist. Instead Labor, in my opinion, is involved in an old-fashioned protection racket of entrenched power and money. More...

States blow cartel apart

Monday, March 18, 2013

There's a dramatic economic reform under way in Australia, the extent of which is little understood. It's not a vision from Canberra or economic theorists. It's instead coming out of competitive federalism from state governments desperate not to be ripped off when building their infrastructure.  More...

Shorten may be ready to lead

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten is manoeuvring to take over the leadership of the federal Labor Party from Julia Gillard. He's possibly even doing this with Gillard's knowledge.

The leadership change to Shorten will happen because he is the only person who can limit Labor's losses at this election. Although it's a big task, Shorten could win. More...

Small businesses must make stand against Fair Work goliath

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"DEAR Campbell Newman. Yes please, protect our business and jobs from the Fair Work Act."

This is the short email that 50,700 small-business owners and the 380,000 people who work with them as employees should send to the Premier.

Recently Newman, through his Attorney-General, released an issues paper that proposes Queensland "bring back" its industrial relations powers from the Commonwealth covering unincorporated businesses (sole traders and partnerships). More...

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