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Fast vax progress undermines paid jab bid: FWC

The FWC has questioned the "utility" of hearing an IBM software engineer's application to insert up to five days paid vaccination leave into "Schedule X" in the professional services award, as the rapid uptake of inoculations and the schedule's expiry at the end of the year means there might be "little, if any, work" for it do.

FWC flays AEC over PABO application

The FWC has granted a contested AEC application to extend voting in a protection action ballot after pandemic-related postal delays held up workers' replies, but it has warned the agency to make more effort to comply with the tribunal's processes.

Anti-vax protests continue, as construction shuttered

The Melbourne CBD has faced a second day of threatening and sometimes violent anti-vaccination protests after the Victorian Government ordered an immediate two-week shutdown of the construction industry last night.

Court grounds Qantas bid to halt reinstatements

The Federal Court has today refused to grant a Qantas bid to stay a hearing that could lead to the reinstatement of some or all of almost 1700 ground crew whose jobs the airline outsourced earlier this year.

Urgent vax deliveries justify axing industrial action: StarTrack

The StarTrack s424 bid, to be heard tomorrow, says the TWU's protected action should be terminated or suspended, because it would endanger delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, blood products and pathology samples, plus organs for transplant and other medical products.

Qantas seeks to delay ruling on outsourced jobs

The Federal Court is expected to rule this morning on a Qantas application to stay its decision on a remedy - including the possibility of reinstatement - for almost 1700 ground crew whose jobs the airline outsourced earlier this year.

StarTrack asks FWC to terminate industrial action

Major freight operator StarTrack has applied for the FWC to stop a protected 24-hour strike by TWU members on Thursday because it would hamper the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies.

Setka roughed-up in anti-vax protests

CFMMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has today been abused and jostled by anti-vaccination protesters outside the union's offices in Melbourne.

No sign of rise in bargained private sector wages: Report

Wage rises in private sector enterprise agreements remain marooned at 2.6%, while public sector increases have dropped back to recent trends, according to new Attorney-General's Department data that appears to confirm that the pandemic has accelerated the long-running decline in bargaining.