St George Bank, which is preparing for a major change process, has reached preliminary agreement on a new deal with the Finance Sector Union that delivers 5,000 award employees a 9.1% guaranteed wage increase over two years, plus more if they perform.
A full bench of the IRC has upheld a decision to reinstate a sacked MUA delegate after he gave an undertaking that he would "forever" abandon his union and OHS activism that had brought him into conflict with management at P&O subsidiary Container Terminals Australia Limited.
Esso unions plan to appeal against the IRC's decision today to issue seven-day s127 orders to stop industrial action at Esso's Gippsland onshore oil facilities and in the meantime look likely to maintain their bans.
Queensland teachers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the State Government's bargaining offer, which puts an extra 800 teachers in schools but leaves it to the IRC to arbitrate a pay rise.
The AMWU is considering whether it will seek to intervene when the AWU and MIM apply to have their enterprise agreements certified, in what would now effectively be its last hope of retaining a legal link to the bulk of the company's workforce.
Union officials past and present will comprise two-thirds of delegates at next week's ALP national conference, giving them a disproportionate influence over the party's policymaking, according to Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith.