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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.