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Employer seeks anti-strike order after COVID-19 walkout

Spotless has applied for orders stopping alleged industrial action at a Melbourne industrial laundry where workers have raised safety concerns after two of them returned positive COVID-19 tests.

Inflation erased due to COVID-19

In the first quarterly consumer price inflation data to measure the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic, the ABS has revealed a CPI of -1.9% in the three months to June and by -0.3% in the financial year.

Setka backing ASU rival

The CFMMEU's construction and general division Victorian branch leader, John Setka, has swung in behind a new union that is competing with the ASU to cover council and utility workers.

Victorian workplaces under virus strain

Victoria's COVID-19 resurgence is causing upheaval across the state's workplaces, with high test results among health and aged care workers forcing the Federal and State governments to introduce emergency staffing measures.

Food delivery platform offers self-isolation pay

US food delivery giant DoorDash will pay two weeks of earnings to its Australian-based riders and drivers if required to self-isolate, as part of a COVID-19 protections deal reached with the TWU.

Ex-union leader to help guide government's workplace strategies

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recruited another former union heavyweight to help guide the national economic response to COVID-19, appointing ex-AWU national secretary Paul Howes to a newly-badged advisory board with responsibility for IR, workforces and superannuation.


Aged care workers granted paid pandemic leave

An FWC full bench has in the face of employer opposition decided to grant paid pandemic leave for aged care workers covered by the aged care, nurses and health professionals awards for a three-month period from tomorrow.

Law firm to split indemnity costs after "extraordinary" failure

Lambasting a law firm's "extraordinary" failure to give an unfair dismissal applicant an assessment of his prospects of success, the FWC has found them equally liable to pay employer Prosegur more than $9000 in indemnity costs.

FWO's $17m spend on pandemic legal advice

The Fair Work Ombudsman has revealed it will spend more than $17 million on a panel of law firms charged with providing tailored workplace advice to employers affected by COVID-19.