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IR Bill to offer definition of casual work

The Morrison Government's IR omnibus Bill will for the first time introduce a statutory definition of casual work as being employment that is offered without any "firm advance commitment" it will continue indefinitely and follow an agreed pattern of work.


Porter to introduce union de-merger legislation

In a move triggered by the CFMMEU's internal war, IR Minister Christian Porter has revealed plans to introduce legislation next week to enable parts of amalgamated unions to de-merge within five years of their nuptials.

Study reveals horticulture's slim pickings

A new McKell Institute report recommends that the Morrison Government implement a national labour-hire licensing scheme, remove entry barriers to enable inspections by unions and redesign the visa system to curb widespread exploitation and wage theft in fruit-picking.

Virgin goes direct to pilots, after union talks fail

Virgin Australia will unilaterally seek support from its flight crew for a new enterprise deal, after failing to secure backing from its two pilot unions, while agreements for the remainder of the workforce have received the blessing of unions as the best they could achieve to get the relaunched airline back aloft.

ACCC launches boycotts case against builder, CFMMEU

The ACCC has initiated a boycotts case against major construction company J Hutchinson and the CFMMEU, claiming the union persuaded the head contractor to ditch a waterproofing subcontractor that did not have a union deal, or face industrial action.


CFMMEU strikes back at O'Connor-challenging "traitor"

The CFMMEU's manufacturing division is seeking damages for the alleged negligence of a former organiser who is suing it at the same time as he is planning to challenge divisional Victorian secretary Michael O'Connor in delayed union elections.

Porter favouring "flex-up" extra hours provisions for key awards

IR Minister Christian Porter has flagged that he is looking to change key awards so that permanent part-time employees can agree to work extra hours at their usual rates of pay as required, leading to less reliance on casual work.

Resources giant accused of "retaliatory" adverse action

A Chevron supply chain manager sacked after the discovery of explicit images on his mobile phone has denied any knowledge of them and accused it of retaliatory adverse action prompted by his workplace complaints.