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Private sector pay growth steady at 2.3% a year

Growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses is increasing at 2.3% a year, unchanged from the annual rise recorded in the previous two quarters, according to ABS data released today.

"Skilled and experienced" advocates win FWC's favour

The FWC has taken into account that a legally-qualified Qantas ER manager with experience appearing before the tribunal is not a seasoned advocate, in granting the airline's application for legal representation to defend an anti-bullying claim.

CFMMEU made bogus safety claims to protect delegate's job: Court

The CFMMEU and two organisers tried to coerce a building contractor and took adverse action based on "bogus" and contrived safety complaints because it "proposed not to exercise a workplace right" to provide suitable work to an injured employee, the Federal Circuit Court has held.

Folau case to go to trial next year

The Federal Circuit Court has today ordered representative rugby union player Israel Folau to enter into mediation with Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs before his unlawful dismissal claim goes to trial on February 4 next year.

Late claim due to paid agent's "carelessness": FWC

The FWC has blamed an IR advisor's "apparent carelessness" for a 54-days-late unfair dismissal claim, finding "unusual and extraordinary" circumstances warranted an extension of time.


Personal preferences would "mire" BOOT, says FWC

Approving a deal that lacks RDO and TOIL provisions contained in the retail award, a senior FWC member has warned the Better Off Overall Test would become "mired in speculation on subjective and unquantifiable matters" if he had to factor in the personal preferences of each employee.

Rail stoppage threat after court spikes free ride

While Metro Trains has secured a Federal Court injunction calling off industrial action that would have enabled Melbourne commuters to travel free, it now faces a four-hour stoppage that the RTBU claims to be a response to "aggressive attacks".

Bullying claim against charity enters "untested" territory

A major charity has been granted permission to use external lawyers against a self-represented foster carer in a complex case the FWC says may have broad consequences for the anti-bullying jurisdiction.

Airline's corporate structure hampers bargaining: Union

The ASU and Virgin Australia have clashed over the former's bid for a majority support determination to open the way for bargaining, the union alleging the airline's organisational structure intentionally impeded the process.