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60% minimum pay goal might be too low: Report

New Zealand's adoption of minimum wage rises that will on current trends lift the pay floor beyond 68% of median earnings by 2021 suggests that Australian unions might be too timid in pushing for a 60% benchmark, according to a new Centre for Future Work study that examines the lessons for Australia from the Ardern coalition government's IR reforms.

Mill employees win sweet ruling on day's work

In a decision that canvasses the definition of a day's work, the FWC has ruled sugar crushing workers who perform higher duties during overtime are entitled to be paid at a premium rate for their entire shift.

ABCC taking workers to court for attending rallies

The ABCC today filed legal action in the Federal Court alleging that more than 50 individual workers from Liberty OneSteel took unlawful industrial action last year by attending an ACTU Change the Rules rally.

Employer not required to pay idle workers at fire-damaged mill: FWC

A Tasmanian wood mill operator that stood down its workforce after this year's bushfires has established that even though its agreement requires workers to be paid for time lost due to such natural events, it does not have to pay them if it is because of bushfire-damaged machinery.

Telstra makes bad call on strike language

The FWC has rejected as "pedantic and technical" an attempt by Telstra to block industrial action it claimed was inconsistent with that endorsed by CEPU members.

New laws hold "phoenixing" directors to the flame

Company directors face tough penalties for avoiding employee entitlements under new laws cracking down on "sharp corporate practices" such as phoenixing and asset-shifting.

Unions maintain bargaining power despite decline: RBA

Employee organisations might find fresh impetus to campaign for bargaining fees, after new RBA research found that declining union density has not reduced wage growth because of the continuing role of unions in negotiating enterprise deals that cover both members and non-members.

Bans unlawful, but parties to thrash out "bewildering" damages claim

Faced with a "byzantine" and bewilderingly complex bid to recoup millions of dollars in damages, the Federal Court has found the CFMMEU organised unlawful bans at the Port Botany container terminal in 2017 but suggested further mediation on relief to take a load off public resources.

Conditional bonus might amount to adverse action: Unions

Aviation unions are threatening to run an adverse action case against Qantas for making the payment of a $2000 cash bonus conditional on securing new post-wage-freeze enterprise agreements.