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Paper highlights contractors' plight

The issues paper released this week by the Victorian IR Taskforce highlights that the former State Government's referral of IR powers to the Federal Government has left independent contractors out in the cold.

ATSIC deal makes remote work more attractive

A new enterprise agreement covering ATSIC employees preserves conditions during a period of significant change, and introduces innovative ways to promote employees' health.

Industrial action looming at BHP Iron Ore

Unions at BHP's Pilbara iron ore operations are preparing to launch industrial action against the company, as it emerged that the company was unlikely to accept a union proposal for a collective agreement that mirrors the core conditions of the company's individual contracts.

NSW has real union power, union leader says

An ACTU vice president has made a provocative assessment of where union power lies in Australia, saying it is the NSW Labor Council rather than the peak national union body that was most influential.

NSW teachers deal provides 16% plus GST clause

Teachers and the NSW Department of Education have settled their dispute with a deal that pays 16% over 4.5 years and $750 cash, and provides for the possibility of further increases via a GST clause.

Pattern bargaining inquiry on tomorrow

Unions and employer groups will tomorrow address the Senate Inquiry on the merits or otherwise of the Federal Government's pattern bargaining bill in an attempt to get Democrats' IR spokesperson Senator Andrew Murray on side.

High Court transmission case deferred

The Victorian Government's application for special leave to appeal to the High Court over the North Western Health Care transmission of business case has been deferred - with the HSUA's consent - following progress in negotiations for an out-of-court settlement.

NSW truckies mass meeting to consider strike

NSW short-haul and local truck drivers will vote on Sunday on whether to take industrial action over transport companies' attempts to cut their rates from July 1.