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WCI confirms no wages breakout

The moderate 3.1% increase in wages in the year to September - revealed in today's ABS Wage Cost Index - suggests the GST and a tightening labour market have given wages growth only a small boost.

Election success for construction union officials

The Victorian CFMEU (construction & general division) officials who spearheaded this year's tumultuous shorter-hours campaign are all secure in their jobs for another four years, as are incumbents in other States, following the union's recent branch elections.

Transmission ruling considers labour hire arrangement

In the latest in a series of important transmission of business rulings, the Federal Court has looked behind a labour supply arrangement to determine whether an enterprise agreement should carry over to a contracted-out operator.

AMWU presses NAB over STP entitlements

In the latest development in the AMWU's campaign to secure entitlements for employees of failed company Steel Tank & Pipe, the union is organising protests outside NAB offices in five capital cities tomorrow to pressure it to put employees ahead of it in a queue of creditors.

Exit interviews critical in ensuring retention

Exit interviews are a crucial tool for retaining employees and can be used to identify the positive aspects of a company as well as the negative, according to a leading international recruitment consultancy.

CFMEU faces fines after first s127 prosecution

In what is believed to be the first prosecution for a breach of s127 orders, the Federal Court has found the CFMEU's mining and energy division defied the IRC's directive to stop industrial action at a BHP coal mine.

Outsourced IT provider freed of transmission burden

An outsourced IT service provider has won a declaration from the IRC that it is not bound by a broad range of awards and agreements applying to the employers which contracted out their work to it.

Most AWAs involve consultation: OEA

In an attempt to torpedo a perception that AWAs are usually dictated by employers, the Office of the Employment Advocate has highlighted a new report's finding that two-thirds of employers consulted with their employees before drafting the individual contracts.

Court rules on pre-1997 dispute findings

A Federal Court full bench has confirmed that there is no retrospective operation of the s111AAA provisions in the WR Act that prevent the federal IRC from making a dispute finding for employees covered by state awards or agreements.

WA appeal court ends compensation for lost wages

Employees reinstated to their jobs by the WA IRC after an unfair dismissal won't be able to also win compensation for lost wages, following a decision by the State's Industrial Appeal Court.