In what is believed to be the first refusal under the WR Act of an application for a pre-industrial action secret ballot, the IRC has ruled that there must be sufficient evidence of opposition to industrial action to justify a ballot.
In an important boost for the ACTU's push for unions to target non-union "freeloaders" by charging bargaining fees, a senior member of the IRC has ruled that a bargaining fee clause in hundreds of enterprise agreements is lawful.
WA's new Gallop Labor Government will move quickly to fulfil its key IR election promise and get its Workplace Agreements repeal bill into Parliament, according to the man expected to be the State's new IR Minister.
In a significant watering-down of the interpretation many practitioners gave to December's landmark casuals decision, a full bench of the IRC has made it clear that employers can refuse employees' bids to convert to permanent after six months on the job if they have a good reason for doing so.
A small group of employees who refused to sign Western Australian Workplace Agreements has won its battle with mineral sands giant Iluka for a significant pay rise plus access to superannuation benefits equal to what their colleagues on statutory individual contracts receive.