The AI Group has undergone a significant shift to the Right under the leadership of Bob Herbert and is now almost ideologically indistinguishable from the BCA and Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith, according to AMWU national secretary Doug Cameron.
NSW's 14,000 police officers are currently voting on a deal struck between the Police Association of NSW and the State Government that pays 16% over 4.5 years - the standard now in the NSW public sector - and commits both sides to examining a range of changes, including introducing casual work, during its term.
The CFMEU (mining & energy division) will use pattern bargaining to pursue increases in both hourly rates and employer superannuation contributions in its next generation of agreements, the union's general president, Tony Maher, signalled today.
The AWU has withdrawn from negotiations with BP for a new deal for operators at the company's oil refinery in Kwinana WA and was today planning to initiate protected bargaining, claiming the company is attempting to "attack" the oil industry standard 35-hour week.
The Federal Court's administrative employees have voted up a new enterprise agreement that provides a 10% pay rise over two years (but with an existing bonus rolled in), better access to flexi-time and time off in lieu for employees who travel, and in-house emergency rooms for workers with dependants.
Do periods of full-time or fixed-term contract work count when calculating whether an employee is a short-term casual and therefore excluded from lodging an unfair dismissal claim? The IRC says they do.