In a warning to employers not to discriminate against employees participating in protected industrial action, the Federal Court has found a manufacturing employer discriminated against two casual employees it laid off.
The Federal Court has found the AMWU and its Victorian secretary might have contravened the s170NC prohibition on coercion when they arranged pickets against an employer during a protected bargaining period.
The IRC's Victorian public sector s170MX arbitration decision undoes a key part of the former Kennett Government's agenda, with its restoration of parity between employees who refused to sign individual and non-union collective agreements and those who did sign.
The quarter of the 20,000-strong Victorian public sector workforce which refused to sign non-union or individual agreements with the former Kennett Government will get a 9.5% increase backdated 12 months, while another quarter (who signed s170LK agreements providing a 7.5% rise) will pocket a 2% backdated rise, after an IRC full bench handed down its long-awaited s170MX arbitration decision this morning.
Some 80,000 teachers in NSW government and non-government schools are threatening coordinated industrial action during next school term if the NSW Government doesn't reconfigure its 16% over four years pay offer.
More than 100 "breakaway" metals companies, employing more than 10,000 workers, have accepted the MTFU's invitation to develop a negotiating framework for Campaign 2000 in Melbourne on March 31, according to AMWU Victorian metals and engineering division assistant secretary Craig Johnston.