An FWC full bench has vacated hearings for a workplace determination covering Department of Immigration and Border Protection workers as it tackles thorny threshold questions around whether evidence such as budget papers and annual reports is protected by parliamentary privilege.
The FWC's termination of industrial action in the Victorian electricity industry took into account that it could "almost immediately" affect generators that regularly meet more than half of the state's power supply.
Early adopters Sydney Water and the ASU are again making use of the FWC's New Approaches program in negotiations for a new three-year agreement, providing workers with detailed proposals for conditions and pay rises after four days early this month of "interest-based" assisted talks.
The CPSU is ramping-up its campaign to break a bargaining deadlock at the Department of Human Services, with rolling stoppages set to start next week, but the department anticipates the effect of the union's action will be "minimal".
The SA branch of the IEU and employers have conceded defeat after almost two years of bitter negotiations for a new deal covering the state's Catholic schools, with both withdrawing their claims and settling on backdated pay rises aligned with those in government schools.
An FWC full bench has refused to overturn the termination of the agreement for the Loy Yang power station and coal mine, after it accepted that the company's commitment to extend employment protections to three years compensated for an error in the initial tribunal ruling.