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Legal firms fail to revoke award

Up to 12,000 employees of law firms in three states will have their employment regulated by an award, after their employers failed in a bid to revoke a dispute finding.

Leaving appeal until last minute jeopardises case

Comments by the IRC President, Justice Geoffrey Giudice, have practitioners concerned about having the same deadline for both appealing decisions and complying with orders.

NSW police vote down deal

The NSW police force has comprehensively rejected a deal struck between the Police Association of NSW and the State Government.

Wattyl workers back, but bans continue

Employees at Wattyl's paint manufacturing plants around the country were due back at work at first shift today, ending the sit-ins, pickets and strikes that began last week but maintaining bans and limitations.

Federal Court blow to OEA

In a major blow to the Office of the Employment Advocate, the Federal Court has thrown out its attempt to prosecute the CFMEU (construction division) and one of its members for breaching the Workplace Relations Act's freedom of association provisions.

AMWU moves in on labour-hire industry

In what could be its first move towards getting up a federal award for labour hire workers in the manufacturing sector, the AMWU has served a log of claims on about 900 companies across the country.

Drug dependency a new ground of discrimination

Employers who discriminate against employees or prospective employees because of their drug dependency or addiction could be acting unlawfully, following a Federal Court ruling handed down last week.

Opposition blocks Victorian IR changes

The Victorian Government has little hope of meeting its July 1, 2001 target for implementing its Fair Employment Bill following the Opposition's decision to delay the legislation's passage until at least March.

WCI confirms no wages breakout

The moderate 3.1% increase in wages in the year to September - revealed in today's ABS Wage Cost Index - suggests the GST and a tightening labour market have given wages growth only a small boost.

Election success for construction union officials

The Victorian CFMEU (construction & general division) officials who spearheaded this year's tumultuous shorter-hours campaign are all secure in their jobs for another four years, as are incumbents in other States, following the union's recent branch elections.