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Ex-union leader to help guide government's workplace strategies

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recruited another former union heavyweight to help guide the national economic response to COVID-19, appointing ex-AWU national secretary Paul Howes to a newly-badged advisory board with responsibility for IR, workforces and superannuation.

Fortescue, Atlassian push for share scheme changes

The major iron miner Fortescue Metals has called for the income tax exemption ceiling for employee share schemes to be lifted from $1000 to $5000, arguing the cap is too low to provide a "meaningful incentive".

Combet signs up as IR advisor to A-G's department

Former ACTU secretary and ex-Federal Labor Minister Greg Combet has taken on a new role as an "expert advisor" on industrial relations in the Attorney-General's Department.

Government support crucial as Virgin buyer confirmed: Unions

The ACTU has called on the Morrison Government to stop favouring Qantas and to swiftly commit to critical financial support to underpin the future of Virgin Australia, after administrator Deloitte confirmed Bain Capital as the successful bidder for the stricken airline.

McManus robo-calls offer pledge on IR change

ACTU secretary Sally McManus will tonight use a "robo-call" to about 500,000 lower and middle-income households to explain the union movement's aims heading into the first of the Morrison Government's IR change discussions tomorrow.

Think pink for COVID-19 recovery plan: McManus

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has warned against an excessive concentration of taxpayer support on blue-collar jobs in response to what is primarily a "pink recession" caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Union abandons reg challenge; Delay wage theft law: AiG; & more

Court finding on notice period change shredded; Call to halt wage theft law until working party concludes; Industry super paper concedes employees might bear costs of super rises; and $15K for academic in "labyrinthine" case.

Porter to restore seven-day access period

The Morrison Government is set to withdraw a regulation that cut the minimum notice period that employers have to give employees of proposed changes to enterprise agreements from seven days to one day.