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Mining unions call for paid coronavirus leave

The CFMMEU and the AWU have made a joint appeal for mining and resources sector workers to receive sick pay if required to self-isolate and for minimum conditions to apply if they are stood down.

Flying Kangaroo standing down 20,000 workers

Qantas will stand down two-thirds of its 30,000 employees for at least 10 weeks as it imposes further cuts to flights after the latest Federal Government advice against travelling overseas.

Hungry Jack's approach to deal tough to swallow: FWC

The FWC has lambasted Hungry Jack's for wasting the tribunal's time and resources, causing it to wrongly approve a national deal that was not filed or signed by the actual employer.

AiG seeks coronavirus-driven minimum wage rise delay

The "exceptional circumstances" created by COVID-19 warrant delaying the operative date of any minimum wage increase by a fortnight to July 15, according to the Ai Group, while the Victorian Government is calling for a rise of at least 3%.

Virgin slashes capacity, foreshadows retrenchments

Virgin Australia has warned of redundancies after deciding to suspend all international flights and to cut domestic capacity in half due to the coronavirus crisis.

Full bench recusal advice not sticking

Another FWC member has rejected full bench advice that they should, in the face of objections, withdraw from arbitrating disputes they have previously conciliated, dismissing claims she displayed "antipathy" towards the union seeking her recusal.

Unions to "call out" employers failing to offer COVID-19 paid leave

The ACTU has repeated its call for two weeks' paid leave for workers who are forced into isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while it has established a webpage to 'name and fame' employers that have come to the party and has foreshadowed that it will be "calling out" employers that have not.

BlueScope had no "unilateral" right to shave contracts

A court has held that BlueScope Steel repudiated the contracts of managerial employees by taking them off annualised salary arrangements under a 2015 Port Kembla steelworks rescue plan said to have cut their pay by more than $20,000.