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NZ Labour puts industry-wide bargaining on election runway

The New Zealand Labour party has put industry-wide bargaining on the table ahead of next month's national election after pledging to legislate Fair Pay agreements endorsed by former conservative Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

Private sector wages on rise before virus hit: Data

Bargained private sector wage rises recovered to near three-year highs in the March quarter, before they felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Attorney-General's Department.

Proposal for five days paid "reproductive health" leave

An HSU branch in Victoria is pursuing an Australian-first claim for five days' annual paid reproductive health and wellbeing leave - to cover IVF treatment, endometriosis, vasectomies and serious menstrual pain - that the ACTU says would foster "more equal and accommodating workplaces".

TWU calls in EY, Bornstein in Qantas jobs row

The Qantas timetable for an in-house bid for the airline's outsourced domestic ground handling services is "unattainable and unrealistic", according to a consultant engaged by the TWU.

High Court grants VICT special leave, but on limited basis

The High Court has this morning granted special leave for Victoria International Container Terminal to appeal a full Federal Court ruling that cleared the way for what it maintains is a bid by a MUA "front man" to seek to overturn its enterprise agreement.


Unions' petition of offshore workers not "rigged": FWC

Granting unions a majority support determination for a highly casualised group of maintenance workers on offshore oil and gas facilities, the FWC has rejected an employer's claim they sought to "rig" the outcome by cherry-picking the best time to circulate a petition.

Union seeks FWC intervention in Qantas outsource plan

The TWU will today file a dispute application in the Fair Work Commission over the Qantas plan to outsource its ground crew operations, which are performed by a 2500-strong workforce

FWC backs Coles' weekend rostering arrangement

The SDA has failed to establish that rostering provisions in the Coles Supermarkets agreement should stop the supermarket giant from forcing a team leader with children's soccer and babysitting commitments to increase her weekend shifts.

Employer's proposed new roles don't need union approval: FWC

The RTBU says it will appeal an FWC finding that its deal does not require NSW Trains to reach in-principle agreement on the introduction of new driver and guard roles for its replacement intercity rail fleet.