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New low for pay rises in public sector agreements

Pandemic-driven pay caps and freezes coincided with a near-40-year low in bargained public sector pay rises in the December quarter, while private sector deals delivered increases that also approached historic floor levels, according to Attorney-General's Department data.

Cash in, Porter out after reshuffle

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today stripped Christian Porter of his IR and Attorney-General's portfolios and handed them to Senator Michaelia Cash, who has been acting in the roles.

Qantas restraint case won't fly in Australia: Court

Qantas has suffered another blow in its bid to delay the date a former executive can start at Virgin, with an appeal court confirming a newer restraint measure does not override an "exclusive jurisdiction clause" requiring the case to be heard in Singapore.

Iraqi consulate took unlawful adverse action: Court

Iraq's Sydney consulate took unlawful adverse action when it refused to renew the contracts of two locally-engaged interpreters who complained to the FWC about bullying and enquired with the FWO about non-payment of entitlements, a court has found.

Scientist's redundancy a sad case of economic rationalism: Judge

A judge has taken an unsparing swipe at "economically rationalist management policy" in considering an eminent CSIRO scientist's challenge to his redundancy, bemoaning a selection process based on candidates' capacity for "external revenue generation".

BHP Coal slugged after "taking the odds" on overtime breach

A judge has in imposing penalties on BMA factored in that management overseeing one of its a coal-loading facilities "took the odds" after being warned they were breaching its agreement by requiring workers to perform 455 overtime hours a year.

Victorian Government makes WFH the new default setting

The Victorian Government says a new "default" policy allowing tens of thousands of public servants to keep working remotely two days a week and requiring managers to present flexibility options for individual roles will be a boon for diversity and the economy.

Miners apply for divorce from "tarnished brand"

The CFMMEU's mining and energy division has today applied to the FWC for approval to form an "independent union", in the first use of the Morrison Government's legislative changes making it easier for amalgamated unions to demerge.

MSD granted despite union rebuke over "defective" petition

The FWC has overlooked a union's "typographical error" in misnaming an employer opposed to its bid for a majority support determination, but not before castigating it for eating up the Commission's time by refusing to correct its mistake.