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IRC changes industry panels

IRC president Geoff Giudice has reshuffled the Commission's industry panels system.

Qld unions push for casual loading boost

Employers in Queensland could have a powerful new disincentive to engaging casuals, if the Queensland Council of Unions is successful in a bid to boost casual loading from 19% to 28.5%.

Metals unions want paid union training leave

Employers in the metals sector will be required to provide each union delegate with five days a year of paid trade union training leave, if unions succeed in an award variation application.

Carr backs labour hire inquiry9

The NSW Government now looks likely to establish an inquiry into increasing the regulation of labour hire, after NSW Premier Bob Carr lent it his in-principle support.

Breakout group close to finalising deal

The rebel "breakout" group of 11 construction companies negotiating on the 36-hour week in the Victorian construction industry are very close to finalising a deal, according to CFMEU construction and general division national secretary John Sutton.

Federal court rules on public holidays

The Federal Court has ruled that substitute public holidays are not extra public holidays but in fact are holidays in lieu, in a decision that could affect other employers with similar clauses.

Coal mine stays on basic award

Production and engineering employees at Rio Tinto subsidiary Novacoal's Howick mine in the Hunter Valley remain on basic award rates after the Federal Court rejected a union argument that a clause 20 agreement approved by the now defunct Coal Industry Tribunal still prescribed their wages and conditions.

BHP pursues unions over contempt

BHP Coal is to proceed with its important bid for fines and damages against the CFMEU and CEPU for contempt of court over alleged union defiance of return to work orders.

80,000 more Qld workers to get LSL payouts?

A Queensland Government proposal to amend long service leave provisions could lead to an extra 80,000 employees a year getting pro-rata long service leave payouts.