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NSW government "trying to silence" nurses' union: NSWNMA

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association faces the possibility of big fines after NSW Health initiated legal action alleging that its recent industrial action breached IRC anti-strike orders.

FWC rejects employer bid to "dictate" ballot agent

The FWC has rejected a bus company’s objection to the TWU choosing a ballot agent with no experience in the transport industry, finding that the Commission cannot dictate the use of one over another.

NSW public sector nurses walking out on Thursday

The NSWNMA has in announcing public sector nurses will go ahead with a second strike on Thursday accused the State Government of failing to maintain an open dialogue on its claims for boosted staffing ratios and a "modest" 4.75% pay rise.

Innovate to revive union influence, power: Forsyth

Unions must adopt inventive strategies such as those used by Hospo Voice and RAFFWU to connect with and recruit workers, alongside the organising model used for the past 20 years, but legislative change is also necessary to enable multi-employer bargaining and allow industry-wide or supply-chain based protected action in support of it, according to a leading IR academic.

Nurses seek "respectful" 4.75% pay rise

Thousands of NSW public health nurses are voting on taking further industrial action in pursuit of a revised log of claims, which includes a "respectful" 4.75% pay rise along with a shift-based nurse:patient ratio system and increased staffing in specialised units.

"Bar table assertions" not enough to refute strike challenge

The FWC has for the second time this month stressed that unions cannot leave any room for ambiguity when notifying employers of protected industrial action, pulling the pin on a strike by helicopter maintenance engineers working in the north-west.

Lockouts continue in wild West's "war of attrition"

The AMWU has accused the Perth-based newspaper group controlled by billionaire Kerry Stokes of engaging in a "war of attrition" against its printers through a long-running lockout during stalled enterprise bargaining.

Texts sufficient to notify shift changes: Bench

In a decision the RTBU expects to have "widespread ramifications" for employers and employees alike, potentially even disrupting sleep, a FWC full bench has held an unread text message changing an impending shift will satisfy Pacific National's notice requirements.

Cost of tugboat masters' strike too great: Tribunal

An "excellent" expert's assessment that tugboat masters' planned protected action could cost the economy hundreds of millions has proved instrumental in convincing the FWC to suspend nationwide strikes.