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Queensland announces pay equity terms of reference

The Queensland IRC will examine the findings of the NSW pay equity inquiry and look at the adequacy of existing legislation as part of the State's own inquiry into pay equity.

Government pregnancy report response disappointing: unions

The ACTU is disappointed with the Howard Government's response today to HREOC's Pregnant and Productive report, saying it has failed women by refusing to introduce unpaid maternity leave for long-term casuals and develop enforceable standards for treatment of pregnant women in the workplace.

IRC President attacks Government over appointments

IRC cases are taking more than twice as long to reach a decision than when the Howard Government took power and this trend will continue unless more appointments are made to the Commission, according to IRC President Justice Geoffrey Giudice.

ACTU living wage claim: full detail

The ACTU will pursue a $28 flat increase for workers earning less than $492.20 a week and 5.7% for those above that level in its 2001 living wage claim.

ACTU to launch test cases on reasonable hours, parental leave

Employees will have award rights to enforce reasonable limits on working hours, while casuals with a year of service will be entitled to 52 weeks of unpaid parental leave, if the ACTU is successful in two test cases it announced at its executive meeting in Melbourne today.

HREOC slams RAAF over sex case

The HREOC has found the RAAF vicariously liable for the sexual harassment of a leading aircraft woman, saying its inappropriate response to the situation had contributed to her discharge and near breakdown.

Call centre deal stirs demark debate

In a move likely to fire up the debate over demarcations at tomorrow's ACTU executive meeting, the TWU has struck another single-union deal with new airline entrant Virgin Blue that excludes the ASU.

$8000 payout for distress, humiliation and stress

An anti-discrimination tribunal has awarded an injured armoured vehicle worker $8,000 for the distress, humiliation and stress resulting from his discriminatory treatment by a Brambles subsidiary.