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GST deals gather strength

The Queensland Govt and unions have incorporated a "GST clause" in a new enterprise agreement covering 60,000 state public sector employees.

Construction union successfully uses anti-coercion laws

The CFMEU has used the Workplace Relations Act's s170NC anti-coercion provisions to fetter the legal strategies of a major builder and its subcontractors in the current bargaining dispute in the Victorian building industry.

IRC to hear Vic construction stay

Justice Alan Boulton at noon on Monday March 27 is to hear the CFMEU's application to stay Cmr Bob Merriman's decision to terminate the bargaining period of 216 construction companies in Victoria.

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.