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Injured Victorian workers regain common law rights

Injured Victorian workers will have their rights restored to seek common law damages, after the State Opposition decided it wouldn't block the legislation's passage in the Upper House.

Australian Industrial Registry has GST clause

The ALP has revealed that the Australian Industrial Registry, which reports to Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith, has a clause in its enterprise agreement allowing the deal to be re-opened to compensate employees for the effects of the GST on entitlements and conditions.

Unions to push for GST-related wage rises

Unions are certain to push for GST-related compensation in wage claims after the Federal Budget forecast that the GST will cause a mid-year 6.75% inflation spike, taking 2000-2001 financial year inflation to an annual average of 5.75%.

$75,000 fine for employer over demolition accident

The NSW IRC has fined a demolition company $75,000 over serious injuries sustained by two workers when a building collapsed at the Fox Studios development in Sydney.

Unions win backing in Rio Tinto campaign

The Australian Shareholders' Association has thrown its weight behind union efforts to reform the board of mining giant Rio Tinto.

FSU tackles email/internet confusion

In a bid to ease the confusion over use of email and the internet for union activities, the FSU has developed a new standard clause for its enterprise agreements.

Court awards payout to dead man's dependents

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld a decision to award a lump sum payout to the dependents of a worker who committed suicide after a workplace injury that left him in constant pain.

Sacked teacher reinstated until trial

A teacher who complained to his elite private school about 100-hour working weeks and working up to 34 consecutive days has been temporarily reinstated, after the Federal Court found it was arguable he'd been sacked over his dissatisfaction with working conditions.