The share of national income allocated specifically to employees has changed little since the mid-1980s.

More needed on IR: Minerals Council

The Minerals Council of Australia has added to the national industrial relations debate today with a report it said showed that levels of union membership were unlinked to the labour force’s share of national income.

The share of national income allocated specifically to employees had changed little since the mid-1980s, despite a precipitous drop in union membership, the report undertaken by Castalia Strategic Advisors said.

“A common narrative is that this period has seen the triumph of ‘neo-liberalism’, which promotes the interests of capitalists at the expense of the workers,” the report said.

“Clearly, the remarkable constancy in how national income is shared between workers and capital owners belies this narrative.”

The report also suggests that enterprise agreements don’t consistently yield better results than individual agreements, the council said.


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