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New Federal Circuit Court appointments; & more

IR barristers appointed to Federal Circuit Court; FWC member retires after almost 15 years; Wage rises lower in industries hit by resources downturn, says RBA; New FAAA leadership seeking to secure role in new Qantas aircraft; Agreement delivers wage justice for nurses, says Victorian Government; and Supermarket self-service hindering employment growth, says report.

Pay rises in private sector agreements drop below 3%

Wage growth in private sector federal agreements approved by the FWC in the December quarter of last year dropped to a new 24-year low, according to the Department of Employment.

Key ACTU affiliate asks FWC to set medium-term minimum wage target

The union that represents cleaners, disability care workers and security guards is asking the FWC to "convene a special process" in the second half of the year to determine whether it can set a "medium-term target" for the minimum wage, to arrest what it says is a long-term downward trajectory.

Few employees making formal flexibility requests: Report

Just 1% of national system employers received formal requests for flexible working arrangements over the past three years and 40% received informal requests, but they only flatly rejected about 1% of the total, according to a report prepared by FWC general manager Bernadette O'Neill.

Private sector pay growth drops to 2%

The 2% rise in private sector rates of pay last year is the lowest in the almost 20 years of the Wage Price Index, according to the ABS.




Cash lifts public sector wage cap to 2%

The federal government is seeking to break a bargaining impasse in the federal public sector by increasing its wages cap to 2% a year.

Pharmacy Award gets "plain language" redraft

The Fair Work Commission will engage an external "plain language expert" to redraft the Pharmacy Award before it is user-tested in a pilot as part of the tribunal's four-yearly review of modern awards.