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WA State Wage increase paid from August 1

Low paid workers in WA are set to get a $15 pay rise from August 1, after the State's IRC passed on the full living wage increase.

Court restrains unions from protected action

In an unusual interlocutory decision that has got IR lawyers scratching their heads, the Federal Court has found it would be unfair for unions to take industrial action against BHP Iron Ore while the company is restrained from offering individual contracts to its unionised workforce.

Court fines employer $9,000 for FOA breaches

The Federal Court has ordered an employer to pay the AWU $9,000 in fines for discriminating against employees over industrial action and their union membership.

Individual contracts win for WA unions

WA employers will no longer have an unchallenged right to offer employment conditional on signing a State workplace agreement, following a crucial Industrial Appeal Court ruling.

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.