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Solicitors immune from dismissal costs

Solicitors acting for unfair dismissal claimants are immune from IRC costs orders, after the Commission found it has no power under s170CJ to make such orders.

News flash: Vic construction deal signed

The construction union has achieved a breakthrough in its 36-hour week campaign, signing up four major builders to a deal which phases in the shorter week over four years.

20,000 take up ACTU PC/net deal

More than 20,000 union members have taken up the ACTU/Virtual Communities deal of a PC and email access for around $10 a week, according to the Sharan Burrow, the ACTU's new president.

Employer discriminated over industrial action

In a warning to employers not to discriminate against employees participating in protected industrial action, the Federal Court has found a manufacturing employer discriminated against two casual employees it laid off.

Employer turns tables with coercion case

The Federal Court has found the AMWU and its Victorian secretary might have contravened the s170NC prohibition on coercion when they arranged pickets against an employer during a protected bargaining period.

Email and internet policies: Act now

Employers yet to implement policies for employee use of email and the internet will have to move quickly to draft and circulate them, as pressure mounts from privacy regulators and unions.

Arbitration restores level playing field in Vic public sector

The IRC's Victorian public sector s170MX arbitration decision undoes a key part of the former Kennett Government's agenda, with its restoration of parity between employees who refused to sign individual and non-union collective agreements and those who did sign.

ANZ subsidises employee internet access and PCs

The ANZ will provide 30,000 employees worldwide with a PC and internet access for $5 a week, as big companies rush to boost the internet savvy of their workers.

IRC orders 9.5% rise in Vic public sector

The quarter of the 20,000-strong Victorian public sector workforce which refused to sign non-union or individual agreements with the former Kennett Government will get a 9.5% increase backdated 12 months, while another quarter (who signed s170LK agreements providing a 7.5% rise) will pocket a 2% backdated rise, after an IRC full bench handed down its long-awaited s170MX arbitration decision this morning.

Wharfies end wildcat strike at CTAL

Wharfies at P&O Ports' CTAL operation at Port Botany in Sydney have ended a 24-hour wildcat stoppage, after the company obtained a s127 return to work order.