The ACTU has defended its claim that union members earn substantially more than non-members, despite a National Institute of Labor Studies (NILS) finding that the difference arises mainly because of low membership rates among part-time workers.
In another blow against outsourcing, the Community and Public Sector Union has won a Federal Court ruling that employees transferred from the former CES to Employment National are entitled to the wages and conditions provided under the awards and agreements applying to the former agency.
Telstra's ability to select employees for the 10,000 jobs it plans to shed will continue to be fettered by a 1993 redundancy agreement, after a Federal Court full bench threw out a bid to pare back the deal under award simplification provisions.
The staff association at the Suncorp-Metway "megabank" - which had its application to register as an enterprise union refused by the IRC last year - has called for a radical simplification of the provisions for registration of enterprise-based unions.
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