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Virgin management assuages union with jobs commitment

The TWU will resume enterprise bargaining talks with Virgin Australia after being reassured by the incoming management that the airline intends to fulfil a previous commitment to "ultimately employ" about 6000 workers.

High take-up of JobKeeper flexibilities: Review

About three-quarters of employers that participated in the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme used the temporary IR flexibilities such as employee stand-downs, according to a new report.

Virgin plans up in air after Scurrah exit; Qantas appeals

Virgin Australia's goal of promptly securing agreements with unions for its downsized rebirth faces a new hurdle after the resignation today of chief executive Paul Scurrah, while Qantas has confirmed it has filed its challenge to the recent Federal Court JobKeeper ruling.

McManus joins jostling over IR changes

ACTU secretary Sally McManus is hopeful that agreement can be reached on a legal definition of casual employees, despite the Morrison Government's IR working groups ending with recriminations between union and employer groups.

Victoria trialling workplace COVID-19 saliva tests

Victoria's Andrews Government is working with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on trials of workplace surveillance testing for COVID-19 that rely on saliva samples rather than the more intrusive nasal swabs.

Coronavirus-driven Budget increases for FEG, FWC

The Morrison Government will modestly increase funding to the Fair Work Commission over the next two years as part of its response to COVID-19, which is expected to drive up employer insolvencies and increase demand for the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme.


Porter promises pragmatic package of IR changes

Any IR legislative package introduced by the Morrison Government after the working groups process will be pragmatic, balanced and realistic and won't be ideologically-driven, IR Minister Christian Porter told employers in WA this morning.

Premature to consider troops on docks: PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a dispute between Patrick and MUA hasn't got to the point where it would be necessary to consider bringing in troops to ensure continuity of supply.

FWC to hear Patrick bid to end protected action

The FWC will this week hear an application by stevedore Patrick to terminate the MUA's protected action at its four container ports, while IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed he will intervene in support of the company.