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Clay Lucas

Clay Lucas is city editor for The Age. Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport, local government and workplace relations for The Age and Sunday Age. Clay won a Quill with Age investigative reporter Royce Millar in 2009.

Big data the key to improving urban efficiency

Clay Lucas Cities that fail to embrace ''big data'' - and the meteoric rise of smartphones and the internet - to get more out of their existing infrastructure will be left behind, according to one of the...

Managers the most accused of bullying, commission finds

Clay Lucas Managers have emerged as the most commonly accused of bullying in Australian workplaces, in the first results released by the Fair Work Commission from its new anti-bullying jurisdiction.

'Red tape' swath raises fears of the sweatshop

Clay Lucas Rules that helped ensure Australia's clothing makers did not use sweatshop labour were needlessly discarded as part of the government's so-called ''red tape'' cuts, the union representing textile...

Pay boost for retail workers aged 20

Retail workers aged 20 will receive a pay rise.

Clay Lucas Retail workers aged 20 have been handed a $2-an-hour pay rise, after the national workplace commission ruled on Friday they be paid the same as those who are 21 and over.

Qantas staff fear 3000 jobs may go as airline cuts costs

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Matt O'Sullivan, James Massola and Clay Lucas Qantas' heavily unionised workforce fears deep job cuts in the order of 3000 will be revealed next week when the airline's management reveals how it plans to strip $2 billion in costs out of the...

Most Australians reckon they could do a better job than their bosses, finds survey

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Clay Lucas Only one in four employees in Australian workplaces believe their managers do a good job.

Anger management: study shows most workers feel they should be boss

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Clay Lucas Does your manager do a good job? If the answer is yes, it appears you are in the minority of Australian workplaces.

Class action seeks much better deal

Clay Lucas Lawyers acting for thousands of underpaid intellectually disabled workers will lodge a court application on Monday seeking to block the federal government's scheme to tackle the underpayments.

Fair Work Commission to start hearing anti-bullying complaints next month

Clay Lucas Bullying complaints could swamp the Fair Work Commission when it begins hearing cases next month because the Gillard government did not put in adequate methods to filter out dubious or unsuitable...

Car makers: $30b over 15 years not enough to save industry

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Clay Lucas, Sam Hall About $30 billion of assistance was provided to Australian car makers between 1997 and 2012 but failed to secure the industry's future, a new report has found.

Holden to end local manufacturing

Clay Lucas Holden staff are bracing for an announcement at 2pm at the company's Port Melbourne plant.

Holden fears Australian government support will end in 2016

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Mark Kenny, Clay Lucas Holden remains unconvinced that the federal government intends providing any further assistance to the industry after 2016, in a decision that would virtually guarantee its closure, according to...

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If Holden pulls out - the domino effect

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Clay Lucas Marc Newson designs beautiful tableware. He's done a fine dining range for Noritake, drinking glasses for iittala, a cruet set for Alessi.

Jobs: Unemployed struggle to find work, full-timers work excessive unpaid overtime

Loi Wong, 61, who is now employed as a security guard, believes his age made it hard for him to find work for four years.

Clay Lucas Australians in full-time work are doing more unpaid overtime than ever, while the unemployed and those with a part-time job struggle to find enough to do, a new report shows.

Abbott government to wind back workplace laws

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Clay Lucas The Abbott government will wind back workplace laws put in place only this year by Labor that employer groups argue had given unions too much power.

Jail terms on table in union crackdown

Clay Lucas and Daniel Hurst Reintroduction of a beefed-up national construction watchdog by the Abbott government will see individuals picketing building sites at risk of being fined up to $34,000.

Hungarian workers 'brought here to be ripped off and exploited'

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Clay Lucas A group of Hungarian men brought to Australia on temporary visas to work as highly skilled technicians have instead been used as labourers on a western Sydney warehouse.

Employers warn on misuse of anti-bully laws

Clay Lucas Employees who face the sack could exploit new laws to stop bullying by taking their manager to the national workplace umpire, employer law firms and business groups have warned.

iTalkBB worker says company underpaid him

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg checks his cell phone after a product announcement at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Zuckerberg turns 28 on Monday, May 14, 2012. He's considerably younger than the average FORTUNE 500 CEO, of course. But while some investors worry that Zuckerberg is too young to lead Facebook as a public company, experts point out that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Michael Dell were in their 20s when their companies had IPOs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Clay Lucas An employee at an international mobile phone service provider popular with Chinese students says he was paid as little as $9 an hour.

Sexual harassment levels 'alarming' in rural Australia

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Clay Lucas A 'cultural epidemic' of sexual harassment is taking place in rural Australian workplaces, but little is being done to tackle the issue, according to new research to be presented at Melbourne...