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Court rejects stifling of waterfront reports

The Federal Court has rejected an attempt by Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith's department head, Peter Shergold, to deny public access to a range of secret reports on waterfront reform.

Simplify EU registration, says megabank union

The staff association at the Suncorp-Metway "megabank" - which had its application to register as an enterprise union refused by the IRC last year - has called for a radical simplification of the provisions for registration of enterprise-based unions.

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Senior bench calls for review of dismissal costs

A full bench of the IRC, led by its President, Justice Geoff Giudice, has called for a review of the s170CJ costs provisions in the Workplace Relations Act after an employee and his solicitor escaped costs in an unfair dismissal case.

Telstra injunction case for mention today

Telstra unions' application for an injunction preventing the corporation from shedding 10,000 jobs is on for mention in the Federal Court today, with interlocutory proceedings expected to be set down for later this week.

OEA wants more preference provisions removed

OEA wants more preference provisions removedThe Office of the Employment Advocate will this morning ask the IRC to remove union preference provisions from about 50 certified agreements on the grounds that they breach the WR Act's freedom of association laws.

Victorian building dispute all but over

The bargaining dispute that has crippled the Victorian construction sector for more than two months is effectively over, with 11 major players signing up to the break-out group deal to give the CFMEU the critical mass it needs to ensure that agreement becomes the industry standard.

Tell employees rules on email, court urges

The Federal Court has told employers they should make it clear to employees what they can and can't do on the company email and IT systems, after finding Ansett Australia unlawfully sacked a union delegate for distributing a union bulletin by email.

Ban stays, but BHP wins back some ground

A Federal Court full bench has maintained the injunction stopping BHP offering individual contracts to its 500 or so remaining award workers at its Pilbara iron ore operations, after removing two of the three legs of the case successfully argued by unions before a single judge.

Corporations Law entitlements changes: more needed

Federal Government amendments to the Corporations Law to protect employee entitlements constitute "one step in the right direction", according to Democrats IR spokesperson Andrew Murray.