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Record $US190m discrimination settlement by Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has made a record payment of almost $US190m to settle a race discrimination class action brought by black workers who claimed the company had created a two-tier system that kept them at the bottom of the heap.

IR players support unitary system, but not Reith model

Speakers from across the IR spectrum expressed support today for a unitary system at a BCA forum on the subject in Melbourne, but many were reluctant to support Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith's position that the corporations power was the best way to get there.

High Court rules on transmission of business

The High Court has handed down its decision in the PP Consultants case, ruling there was no transmission of business when St George Bank closed a branch and appointed a nearby chemist as its agent.

High Court reserves decision on dispute provisions

The full seven-member bench of the High Court has reserved its decision on whether the Workplace Relation's Acts award simplification provisions apply to dispute resolution procedures in certified agreements.

OEA to challenge "free-loader" provision

In what will be a test case on whether federal unions can charge non-union workers a fee for bargaining on their behalf, the Office of the Employment Advocate has revived its bid to remove a "bargaining agency" clause from a swathe of Victorian electrical contracting agreements.

Union delegate claims discrimination over race, industrial activity

An LHMU delegate has lodged a complaint with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission against Coca-Cola Amatil and one of its employees, claiming they discriminated against him on the basis of his industrial activity and race.

First contractor deeming decision in Queensland

The Queensland IRC full bench's ruling today on the first test of the s275 "contractor deeming" clause sheds little light on how the controversial provision should be applied.

Queensland IRC makes first contractor deeming decision

In its first ruling on the Queensland IR Act's groundbreaking s275 "contractor deeming" provisions, a full bench of the State's IRC has refused to accede to the AWU's bid to deem shearing contractors as employees.