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BHP rail deal sent down spur by former HR leader

BHP's hopes for quick approval of a new deal covering its Central Queensland coal train drivers have been derailed by a newly-appointed FWC member who was previously its head of HR.

Deliveroo worker pursuing sham contract case

A Deliveroo rider has launched a sham contracting test case, claiming the company should have paid him almost twice as much, as a casual employee rather than per delivery as an independent contractor, given a "batching system" that weighted individual performance factors.

ETU readies for action over underpaid casuals

The ETU's newly re-elected leadership has reaffirmed its commitment to pursue underpayments to long-term casuals, vowing to conduct a targeted national program of timesheet and wage record inspections to build its case.

Union fails in costs claim against "busybody" employee

The NSW IRC has decried an HSU state branch's "adversarial" approach in refusing to award costs against an industrial officer who sought a review of a regulator's decision scrapping improvement notices that claimed union employees might be exposed to "psychological hazards".

DP World cuts jobs; & more

DP World cuts 200 jobs as industrial action bites; CEO paid nanny $2.33 an hour, says FWO; Australia's minimum wage the world's highest in 2018; Sustainable energy inquiry to consider displaced workers; Follow NSW model to empower Uber drivers, says TWU.

Coalition to consider freeing APRA from APS bargaining rules

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has agreed to consider easing public sector bargaining restrictions imposed on the Australian Prudential Regulatory Agency, as it struggles to attract and retain a skilled workforce in the face of high salaries on offer in the private sector.

FWC rejects nursing union's bid for state deal

The FWC has thrown out an ANMF scope order bid for Victorian employees of a national aged care provider to be covered by a separate agreement, finding the company was willing to make "substantial" concessions to preserve workers' conditions before bargaining stalled.

FWO undertaking requires chef to spruik compliance message

Celebrity chef George Calombaris must complete seven public-speaking engagements encouraging workplace compliance and his hospitality empire will make a "contrition" payment, as part of a novel enforceable undertaking signed after the FWO exposed underpayments of more than $7 million by the company he founded.

Gold explorer seeks to undermine GM's $1M claim

The Federal Court will allow a gold mining company to file a cross-claim that could provide a "complete answer" to an alleged general manager's bid for more than $1 million in unpaid wages, but it must first pay any costs he has thrown away as a result of its unreasonable conduct.