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Private sector pay deals defy COVID-19 downturn

Pay rises in private sector agreements approved in the June quarter reached 3% for the first time in 18 months, despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Attorney-General's Department data bedevilled by an inability to quantify increases for 76,000 workers.


Judge declines recusal request as employer appeal dismissed

A full Federal Court has confirmed that 150 workers were entitled to be paid for the 20-minute bus ride to a major energy project's security gate at the end of each shift, after one of the judges rejected a request to recuse himself because he had acted for the employer during negotiations for the deal at the heart of the dispute.

Golden Parches: Takeaway fined for denying drink, toilet breaks

A court has today praised RAFFWU for its service of the national interest in pursuing a McDonald's franchisee and securing $82,000 in fines against if for sinister, cruel, coercive threats via Facebook posts to deny its predominantly young workforce drink and toilet breaks required under the fast food chain's agreement.



High Court should find Lunt ruling brings justice into disrepute: VICT

Victoria International Container Terminal has asked the High Court to consider whether a full Federal Court brought the administration of justice into disrepute when it failed to find MUA organiser Richard Lunt a "front man" for the union's bid to quash the approval of the stevedore's enterprise agreement.


Proposed library changes can't be read into deal: FWC

The FWC has rejected a proposal by Australia's oldest library to split employees' roles into front or back-of-house, pointing out that it couldn't "contradict" changes contained in its nominally-expired deal without varying, terminating or renegotiating the agreement.