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Ai Group in massive shift to right: Cameron

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 police voting on pay offer

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.

Mining union will seek to boost hourly rates via pattern deals

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.

Email/internet screening: is it legal?

Screening by employers of workers' email and internet use could be challenged under telecommunications laws, according to Minter Ellison lawyer Megan Dixon.

Queensland says no to Reith unitary IR model

In another blow to Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith's campaign for a unitary IR system, the Queensland Government has said it won't support his proposal.

AWU gets tough at BP, as oil bargaining under way

The AWU has withdrawn from negotiations with BP for a new deal for operators at the company's oil refinery in Kwinana WA and was today planning to initiate protected bargaining,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.

Federal Court employees say "yes" to new deal

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.

Latrobe workers shut down power industry

Victoria is tonight facing blackouts after a mass meeting of Latrobe Valley power workers voted in favour of shutting down the industry for 24-hours from 7pm.

Casuals aren't "short term" if previously full-time/contract

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.

Queensland announces pay equity terms of reference

The Queensland IRC will examine the findings of the NSW pay equity inquiry and look at the adequacy of existing legislation as part of the State's own inquiry into pay equity.