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Labour productivity up 2%: PC

Labour productivity in the private sector increased by 2% in the 12 months to July, just below the 30-year average of 2.2%, according to new data released today by the Productivity Commission.

Worksafe charges Grocon over deadly wall collapse

The Victorian WorkCover Authority has confirmed it has laid charges against Grocon group companies over last year’s wall collapse in Melbourne that killed three pedestrians.

Opposition accuses NSW Government of "busting" its wages cap

NSW Shadow IR Minister Adam Searle says the Baird Government has "busted" its wages cap with a new deal that goes beyond the 2.5% public service limit by paying for two-thirds of a recent massive rise in police officers' insurance premiums.

Workers had good reason to refuse additional overtime: FWC

Australia Post acted harshly in disciplining two employees who had solid OHS reasons for refusing to work additional overtime, but was entitled to transfer their union delegate for his aggressive reaction to the sanctions, the Fair Work Commission has found.

Court acknowledges strike was to support injured worker, as CFMEU fines mount

The Federal Court has added another $61,000 to the CFMEU's $250,000 bill for unprotected industrial action on the Brookfield Multiplex Perth hospital project last year, but in doing so has taken into account that the strike was in support of an injured worker and not for just a "self-interested purpose".

Government warns public servants to expect low pay rises

The Coalition has warned public servants there will be "minimal capacity for wage increases" in bargaining to replace 114 enterprise agreements covering 165,000 employees that are due to expire on June 30.

Axing IR standard in cleaning means "blind eye" to non-compliance: Academic

The federal government's decision as part of its "red tape" repeal campaign to rescind the IR guidelines for government cleaning contracts suggests it is "willing to turn a blind eye to labour law non-compliance by its own contractors", according to a procurement expert, Melbourne Law School associate professor John Howe.

Coalition defers Labor’s gender reporting changes

Gender reporting requirements for businesses with more than 100 employees will stay as they are for another year, while new minimum reporting standards will apply to non-government employers with more than 500 employees from October, Employment Minister Eric Abetz has announced.