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Newsflash: ACTU Congress upended by virus

The policy development aspect of next week's planned ACTU triennial Congress has been put on ice as a consequence of Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown.

Major greenfields deals back on agenda; employers push for more

The Morrison Government has committed to reintroducing the major projects greenfields agreement provisions it removed from the IR Omnibus Bill, while employer organisations are pushing it to revive other jettisoned elements that would have overhauled enterprise bargaining and the award system.

Victorian Budget puts wage theft on "fast track"

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has allocated $9.6 million to develop a new "fast track model" for hearing wage theft cases in the State's Magistrates' Court.

Reduced public sector pay rises "not miserly": Pallas

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government will move to reduce average annual public sector wage increases from 3% to 2% in Thursday's State budget, spurring the AEU to strike a deal before the policy begins on January 1.

Labor promises action on harassment, wage theft

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has promised that if Labor wins government at the next election, it will mandate a duty for employers to eliminate workplace sexual harassment, outlaw wage theft and introduce staff to client ratios in aged care.

NZ's Fair Pay Agreements "biggest change in decades"

New Zealand's Ardern Labour Government is drafting legislation to overhaul its IR system and introduce occupation and industry-wide bargaining where unions can demonstrate support or it passes a public interest test, but businesses say its "compulsory" nature breaches international law.

Morrison Government responds to Respect@Work

The Morrison Government says it has adopted the 55 recommendations "wholly, in part, or in principle" in Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' landmark report on sexual harassment.

Labor to revive independent "safe rates" forum

The Federal ALP's platform is set to include a legislated national system of safe rates in the road transport chain, with an "independent body" setting "fair payments and conditions".

ALP conference starts; IR debate tomorrow

The ALP's 2021 special platform conference kicked off this morning, with its leader, Anthony Albanese, pledging improvements for working women, action on the gig economy and a $15 billion manufacturing investment fund.