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Private sector agreement wages on way up

Wage rates in private sector enterprise agreements increased by 4.1% in the December quarter, up from 3.9% the previous quarter, according to the DEWRSB.

WA to boost minimum wage

The new WA Government has announced it will increase the State's minimum wage by $32.40 a week to $400.40, bringing it into line with the safety net in the other states.

Strike at BHP coal loader

BHP Coal in Queensland continues to be hit with industrial action, with workers at the crucial Hay Point loading facility in Mackay going out for 24 hours this morning.

APESMA and ACSA to amalgamate

In one of the few amalgamations planned since the end of the Kelty mega-merger era, white-collar professional unions APESMA and the ACSA are planning to join forces.

Another Toyota employee loses pornography case

The IRC has upheld Toyota's dismissal of another employee caught last year using the company's computer system to download and distribute pornography.

What are works councils, and do we need them?

With the ACTU committed to examining the feasibility of establishing works councils, Sydney University’s Professor Ron McCallum looks at the history of such organisations, and whether they are appropriate for Australian workplaces.

Works Councils needed because HR has failed: paper

Mandatory worker participation mechanisms such as European-style works councils need to be adopted because HR management has failed to deliver on its promise to empower and give autonomy to workers, acccording to a discussion paper released at the ACTU's executive meeting today.

Southcorp snared in STP lost entitlements case

The IRC has confirmed last December's unprecedented finding that effectively opened the door for the AMWU to pursue Southcorp for entitlements lost by Steel, Tank and Pipe employees - despite Southcorp having had nothing to do with those workers for nearly four years.

ACTU to seek paid leave for excessive overtime

In a radical move, the ACTU in its reasonable hours test case will pursue an entitlement to additional paid leave when employees work beyond prescribed "extreme" hours caps.

Tallies go as bill passes

Tallies have been formally removed as an allowable matter and replaced with incentive-based payments, after the Senate passed heavily-amended Government legislation today.