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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.

Performance pay now the rule in big companies

The incidence of performance pay in big companies has skyrocketed, with more than half of employees now having their pay partly determined by individual merit-based increases, according to new research from the University of Sydney.

Non-union deals expensive

A case before the Industrial Relations Commission today illustrates some of the risks for employers of going down the non-union enterprise agreement route in industries with strong unions.