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Construction code protests to shut down building sites next week

The CFMEU will stage a national day of protest next week as tensions rise in the construction industry over the coming deadline for having code-compliant agreements to avoid being barred from winning Commonwealth-funded contracts.


Labour hire licensing bill introduced in Queensland

Queensland's IR Minister Grace Grace today vowed to "drive out (the) cheaters and rorters" in the labour hire industry with the introduction of legislation requiring companies to hold annually-renewable licences.

May Day start for ROC

The new standalone regulator for registered organisations will start operating on Monday, May 1, with its new powers taking effect by the following day.

UFU decries CFA's engagement of employer-clientele law firm

Hardline employer-clientele law firm Seyfarth Shaw developed an aggressive bargaining strategy for Victoria's Country Fire Authority that aimed to replace a culture of UFU "veto and control" with "consultation and influence", documents published by the Senate reveal.

ASIC's Bielecki to lead ROC

The Turnbull Government has opted for an IR outsider from corporate regulator ASIC to head the new Registered Organisations Commission.


Cash code-change targeting "cartel-like" conduct

The Turnbull Government's national construction code is seeking to break the "cartel-like behaviour" between head contractors and construction unions, according to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, but legal expert Andrew Stewart says building companies are facing "a complete mess".


Record fine over cash-back scheme a "big blow" against exploitation: FWO

As a court fines a regional café more than $500,000 for exploiting overseas workers and the FWO pursues two other cafes for unlawful "cash-back" schemes, Ombudsman Natalie James has welcomed the Federal Government's commitment to introducing laws to prohibit such arrangements.