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Professor Ray Markey interviewed on Sky News

Professor Ray Markey interviewed on Sky News

Professor Ray Markey is interviewed by Peter Switzer about workers penalty rates.


Launch of 2nd Workers' Compensation Report

Launch of 2nd Workers' Compensation Report

The 2nd report by the Centre for Workforce Futures on the impact on injured workers of 2012 amendments to the NSW Workers Compensation scheme was launched in Penrith on 6 March


The Accord 30 Years On

The Accord 30 Years On

The Accord between the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Labor Party was a landmark agreement that served as the foundation stone of the Hawke and Keating government's economic and industrial relations policies.


Digital Productivity in the Workplace of the Future Conference

Digital Productivity in the Workplace of the Future Conference

The purpose of the conference was to bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to collaborate on research and project relating to the Anywhere Working Research Network.


Resource Efficiency and Sustainability in the Workplace Symposium

Resource Efficiency and Sustainability in the Workplace Symposium

In order to provide a clearer picture of what businesses and workers are doing in the process of transitioning to a low emissions economy, the Centre for Workforce Futures has undertaken a major research project with support from the Department of Industry


Dean’s Excellence Awards Night 2014

Dean’s Excellence Awards Night 2014

The Faculty of Business and Economics Dean's Excellence Awards Night was held at Curzon Hall in North Ryde on Thursday 8 May 2014


Warwick University Fellowship

Warwick University Fellowship

Professor Ray Markey Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures visited University of Warwick on a Fellowship from 16 June – 5 July 2014.


Symposium: 20 Years of Organising Works

Symposium: 20 Years of Organising Works

At a time when there has never been a greater need to build power amongst working people, this Symposium brought together academic and organiser perspectives to reflect on 20 years of the ACTU's Organising Works programme.


Business as Usual: Mobility and Working Anywhere

Business as Usual: Mobility and Working Anywhere


Professor Ray Markey contributed a piece to The Conversation

Professor Ray Markey contributed a piece to The Conversation


Professor Ray Markey was hosted at the University of Malaysia Kelantan

Professor Ray Markey was hosted at the University of Malaysia Kelantan


Ray Markey, Louise Thornthwaite and Sue Wright referenced in Financial Standard

Ray Markey, Louise Thornthwaite and Sue Wright referenced in Financial Standard


Professor Ray Markey spoke with ABC Illawarra Mornings

Professor Ray Markey spoke with ABC Illawarra Mornings


IR needs to combat climate change

IR needs to combat climate change

The major research project undertaken by Macquarie University's Centre for Workplace Futures (CWF) with the support of the Department of Industry has called for government to take a leading role in encouraging parties to more substantially engage in emissions re-ductions through collective bargaining...

Climate Change and the Australian Workplace

Climate Change and the Australian Workplace

Climate change and public policy measures to mitigate its impact are likely to lead to significant shifts in the composition of the labour market through the decline and expansion of certain jobs and industries. It is also likely to have an impact on employment relations and job quality. While the growth potential of certain green jobs, skills and industries has been analysed, there is little hard evidence of how this potential is translating into practice at the workplace level.

Workplace relations education series

Workplace relations education series

The 2014 Workplace Relations Series features three aspects: an invited paper series, a lecture series and mock hearings.

Professor Ray Markey received further coverage on several news programs

Professor Ray Markey received further coverage on several news programs

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management received further coverage around new research results which reveal Australian workplaces have more work to do to reduce carbon emissions. Coverage appeared in 2MCE Radio Orange, 08:00 National News, 12:00 National News, 13:00 National News, and 17:00 National News, 5AA Adelaide, Evenings, and the Business Environment News.

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC Radio

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC Radio

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management received further coverage around new research results which reveal Australian workplaces have more work to do to reduce carbon emissions.

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC Radio

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC Radio

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management spoke with ABC Radio to discuss new research results which reveal Australian workplaces have more work to do to reduce carbon emissions.

Professor Ray Markey had a piece published in the Weekend Australian

Professor Ray Markey had a piece published in the Weekend Australian

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management had his piece "Managers, staff must unite if we're to rise to the carbon challenge," published in the Weekend Australian.

Professor Ray Markey was referenced in the Workforce Daily

Professor Ray Markey was referenced in the Workforce Daily

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management was referenced in the Workforce Daily piece "IR needs to combat climate change", attached. It refers to new research indicating that workplaces are one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, yet Australia has failed to harness the workplace relations system to combat climate change.

Prof Ray Markey speaks on workers compensation laws on ABC's 7.30 Report

Prof Ray Markey speaks on workers compensation laws on ABC's 7.30 Report

New workers compensation laws are making life tough for injured workers, according to a new study from Macquarie University, funded by unions. Yet Andrew Constance, the NSW Finance Minister argues overall his scheme is helping people get back to work and delivering savings.

Professor Ray Markey was referenced in the Courier Mail

Professor Ray Markey was referenced in the Courier Mail

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management was referenced in a Courier Mail piece about the Australian government learning from its own, and other governments', pasts...

The impact of cultural intelligence on communication effectiveness & job satisfaction in intercultural interactions and the role of anxiety

The impact of cultural intelligence on communication effectiveness & job satisfaction in intercultural interactions and the role of anxiety

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is an important construct attracting growing attention in academic literature and describing cross-cultural competencies. To date, researchers have only partially tested the relationship between CQ and its dependent variables, such as performance.

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC News

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC News

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management appeared on ABC News to discuss a new report into shifting compensation laws and the changing role of insurance companies.

Centre releases report on impact of 2012 NSW Workers Compensation Legislation

Centre releases report on impact of 2012 NSW Workers Compensation Legislation

In June 2012 the New South Wales workers’ compensation legislation was drastically amended on the basis that the scheme was in crisis. The reported year end (2011) actuarial deficit had been $4.1 billion. Yet less than 12 months after the changes came into effect, the NSW Government reduced scheme revenues by granting employers a 7.5 per cent reduction in compensation premiums (effective 30 June 2013).

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC News 24

Professor Ray Markey appeared on ABC News 24

Prof Raymond Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management appeared on ABC News 24 to discuss the Abbott government's announcement that they intend to establish a royal commission into union slush funds in the new year.

Professor Ray Markey contributed a piece on employee voice for increasing wellbeing and productivity

Professor Ray Markey contributed a piece on employee voice for increasing wellbeing and productivity

Prof Ray Markey from the Department of Marketing and Management contributed a piece on employee voice for increasing wellbeing and productivity to the Weekend Professional in the Weekend Australian


Centre for Workforce Futures Newsletter

Centre for Workforce Futures Newsletter

Workforce Natters Vol. 1 Issue 1 November 2013

25 years of the Women's Conference

25 years of the Women's Conference

Macquarie University's annual Women and Leadership Conference this year celebrated 25 years of educating and inspiring women towards personal and professional progression.

Professor Herman Knudsen from Aalborg University in Denmark will be visiting the Centre in November and will present 2 research seminars

Professor Herman Knudsen from Aalborg University in Denmark will be visiting the Centre in November and will present 2 research seminars


Women and Leadership Conference a great success

Women and Leadership Conference a great success

Celebrating 25 years of successful conferences the Women and Leadership Conference was held on the 18 & 19 July 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. For conference highlights, presentations, photos or to view the women and leadership portal with a selection of conference videos.

What is a Job Worth? Legal and Welfare Issues for Policy Makers

What is a Job Worth? Legal and Welfare Issues for Policy Makers

Determining remedies for workers found to have been dismissed unfairly is a difficult problem, common to all countries which have some form of legislated dismissal protection. Typically judges face a choice between reinstating a dismissed worker or awarding compensation to the worker for the lost job...


Portable long service leave - Ray Markey speaks to News.com

Portable long service leave - Ray Markey speaks to News.com

Professor Ray Markey speaks to News.com about the concept of "portable long service leave."

Professor Ray Markey and The Accord - ABC News

Professor Ray Markey and The Accord - ABC News

Professor Ray Markey spoke to ABC's RN National about the Labour Accord, marking it's 30th Anniversary.

"On the 30th anniversary of the historic IR agreement the Prices and Incomes Accord, a leading workforce academic says we should be grateful for the deal, which allowed Australia to restructure its economy without tearing apart its sense of community and creating class divisions for years to come."


Tragedy or farce? The repetition of Australian industrial relations history, 1929 and 2007

Tragedy or farce? The repetition of Australian industrial relations history, 1929 and 2007

The national elections of 1929 and 2007 are the only two in Australian history where the government lost office and the Prime Ministers lost their seats. Both right wing governments undertook radical industrial relations reform attacking standards of work and shifting the balance of power to employers.

A precarious labour market: Re-thinking employment through finance

A precarious labour market: Re-thinking employment through finance

There is much written about changes in the labour market in Australia and elsewhere. It often goes under the heading of labour market 'deregulation', where the argument is that the state is playing a lesser role in overseeing work and pay.

Professor Ray Markey and The Accord - The Australian

Professor Ray Markey and The Accord - The Australian

Ewin Hannan from The Australian wrote an article about The Accord, with reference from Professor Ray Markey and other speakers at the symposium "The Accord: 30 Years On" hosted by the Centre for Workforce Futures at Macquarie University on 31 May 2013.

Climate Change, Work and Employment Bibliometric Database

Climate Change, Work and Employment Bibliometric Database

New database resources now available online!


Women's Breakfast a Success

Women's Breakfast a Success

The Women and Leadership Breakfast was held on Thursday, 14th March 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. The breakfast brought together friends and colleagues from various industries and professions to hear from award-winning journalist, author and public speaker Catherine Fox.

The Debate on Industrial Relations Heats Up - Paul Gollan

The Debate on Industrial Relations Heats Up - Paul Gollan

Paul Gollan speaks to ABC News reporter Andrew Robertson about industrial relations under the Gillard Government.

Unlocking the drivers of Australia's productivity

Unlocking the drivers of Australia's productivity

Well it's that time of year when workers are winding down and eyeing the summer break and businesses are reflecting on the success or otherwise of the last 12 months.

Economics: The Productivity Debate

Economics: The Productivity Debate

Professor Ray Markey, Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures at Macquarie University talks about workplace productivity.
"The decline in Australia’s rate of productivity growth has prompted a national debate over how to improve productivity at the workplace.


The productivity puzzle: Why skills and innovation are the missing pieces

The productivity puzzle: Why skills and innovation are the missing pieces

"We know productivity is largely determined in the workplace, but the traditional economic understanding of productivity works best at the national level of the whole economy. Once we drill down to organisations it is not always so clear."

Changing work practices alone will not boost productivity

Changing work practices alone will not boost productivity

"Australia in the Asian Century highlights “five pillars of productivity”: skills and education, innovation, infrastructure, tax reform and regulatory reform."

Long distance view of teleworking

Long distance view of teleworking

Publication: PS News
Title: Long distance view of teleworking
Date: Edition 293, 24 October 2012

The New Zealand Herald - Ray Markey

The New Zealand Herald - Ray Markey

The boot could soon be on the New Zealand worker's foot as the high wages sucking skilled labour to Australia increasingly drives its businesses here.

Workforce Futures and Climate Change

Workforce Futures and Climate Change

Climate change is the most significant issue faced by our society today, with enormous ramifications for our lives

Human Capital - Ray Markey

Human Capital - Ray Markey

An article on Ray Markey's research into the issue of productivity.

Dr. Chris Wright, discusses the controversy behind the Enterprise Migration Agreement.

Dr. Chris Wright, discusses the controversy behind the Enterprise Migration Agreement.

Dr. Chris Wright, discusses the controversy behind the Enterprise Migration Agreement.

New Centre for Workforce Futures launched by the Hon. Bill Shorten

New Centre for Workforce Futures

An innovative new research centre that will focus on workforce and workplace issues

Aussie firms sending business across ditch

Aussie firms sending business across ditch

Australian business' moving operations to NZ