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Porter blasts "slack" Coles as underpayment legislation looms

Coles has outed itself as the latest major Australian employer to underpay employees millions of dollars over an extended period, just as the Morrison Government today confirmed plans to introduce legislation imposing jail terms for the worst cases of exploitation.

"Undermined" members contributing to union's crisis: Paper

The AMWU's failure to reverse falling membership despite a succession of growth strategies highlights the limitations of "organising" to counter external threats, according to research suggesting members can themselves become a barrier to renewal.

Stevedore was weighing no-automation terms, claims union

The MUA has hit back against DP World Australia's bid to outlaw industrial action at its container ports, claiming the stevedore agreed to consider signing a deed preventing automation and outsourcing provided it had an end date.

Government revisits code to solve building site conflict

Companies tendering for government construction projects could soon face greater pressure to rein in union militancy, after IR Minister Christian Porter today called for ideas on how to add more bite to the national Building Code.

Private sector pay rises ease again

Bargained wage rises in the private sector dropped to 2.7% a year in the September quarter, according to newly-released Attorney-General's Department data that also shows some large retail employers are starting to tie increases to the FWC's annual review.

Older workers stuck in low-paid jobs: Report

An FWC-commissioned study probing the characteristics of low-paid award-reliant workers and their propensity to move to a better paying job has suggested that policymakers need to focus on helping older, less-educated employees to obtain higher incomes.

High Court denies FWO leave to appeal piecework case

The High Court has today rejected the FWO's bid for special leave to challenge a full Federal Court ruling on whether hundreds of casual mushroom workers on non-compliant piecework agreements are entitled by default to be paid hourly rates under the horticultural award.

Virgin Australia pilots sue for millions

A group of Virgin Australia pilots suing the airline for about $2 million claim a commitment to provide command positions or equivalent pay by mid-2016 entitles them to captains' future salary increases under a new deal, regardless of whether they perform the role.

CFMMEU appeal erases publication order, but little else

A full Federal Court has largely dismissed the CFMMEU's broad-ranging appeal against more than $300,000 in fines imposed for attempting to force a contractor into signing a union-approved deal, agreeing only that publication orders served no purpose and that too much was made of an "eenie meenie miney mo!" text message.