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AiG asks Commission for urgent help

The AiG has responded to the Democrats' decision to reject the Government's pattern bargaining bill by taking its battle against Campaign 2000 back to the IRC, today taking the unusual step of asking the Commission to convene an urgent hearing and to direct senior union officials to attend.

VBIA deal close to finalisation

More than two months after the end of the crippling Victorian construction dispute, unions and employers are finally close to wrapping up the conditions agreement that will cover the industry.

Court throws out challenge to Johnston win

Militant Workers First leader Craig Johnston is now the head of the Victorian branch of the AMWU, with the Federal Court today finding his election opponents hadn't proved their case on ballot irregularities.

CFMEU fighting AWAs in Qld coal

In a two-pronged development that has incensed the CFMEU (mining & energy division), Shell is contracting out mining work at its Southern Colliery in Queensland and the contractor, the union claims, is giving jobs only to workers who will sign AWAs.

Employer can exclude union, IRC rules

A full bench of the IRC has rejected a union's bid to use the WR Act's freedom of association provisions to become a party to a certified agreement.

Sick/carers leave only meets 40% of caring needs

Fewer than 40% of employees use sick or carers leave to care for other people, according to a new survey of how employees balance work and caring responsibilities.

NSW IR changes beef up victimisation laws

NSW IR Minister Jeff Shaw's amendments to his 1996 IR Act have handed employees and unions a powerful enhancement to existing anti-victimisation provisions, incorporating the equivalent federal provision's reverse onus of proof that has been used to great effect by unions against Patrick and other employers.

Democrats party room quashes Reith's bill

Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith's bill to ban pattern bargaining is now dead in the water, after the Democrats' party room today unanimously resolved to oppose it.

Court extends injunction at Rio mine

The Queensland Supreme Court has issued a permanent injunction stopping the CFMEU and its officials picketing a Rio Tinto coal mine, despite the picket ending nearly a year ago and the lack of any immediate threat of it resuming.