A failed CFMEU bid for good faith bargaining orders against AGL Loy Yang has highlighted the robust "hard positional bargaining" at the company's power station and brown coal mine that has been complicated by a four-union single bargaining unit belatedly sharing the process with six newly-elected employee representatives.
Fair Work Commission President Iain Ross has been dragged into Victoria's firefighters' dispute, after state parliament heard he gave assurances about the proposed agreement for the Country Fire Authority.
The Andrews Labor Government has brought in Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner to help broker a peace deal in the standoff between paid and volunteer firefighters, which has spilled over into the federal election campaign.
Victoria's Country Fire Authority has "serious concerns" about a Fair Work Commission "final recommendation" that seeks to break a bargaining deadlock that threatens to become a political crisis for the Andrews Labor Government.
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the IEU have agreed to continue negotiations for teaching and support staff agreements via the FWC's New Approaches interest-based dispute resolution process, after the employers last month withdrew from the process on the basis that it was "another delaying tactic".
The Opposition has hinted that a Shorten Labor Government would axe the Coalition Government's public sector bargaining policy and the 2% wage cap, while 30,000 Victorian public sector employees are set to receive a backdated pay rise after voting up a new agreement.