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Combet canvasses cap on hours

ACTU secretary Greg Combet has proposed setting upper limits on working hours at the workplace or industry level, in response to employee concerns about excessive hours and unpaid overtime.

US union boss tells of radical shift

In a rallying cry to the ACTU Congress, the head of America's peak labour body, the AFL-CIO, has outlined a radical shift in the US union movement to activism and challenging global capital. For more Congress articles, go to

ACTU affiliation fees to rise more than 10%

ACTU Congress delegates have agreed to increase affiliation fees by more than 10% (excluding GST) in the 2001 calendar year, after three years without any increases.

ACTU launches Congress with call for delegates' rights

In a reinforcement of its organising strategy, the ACTU has launched a charter of delegates' rights and called on affiliates to join a campaign to implement it through bargaining, award variations and legislative changes.

Non-union deal provides 8.6% over two years

The IRC has certified a non-union agreement for health fund HCF that provides 300 clerical and customer service employees a minimum pay increase of 8.6% over two years, with 6% of that paid upfront.

Inflation to leap ahead of wages: union leaders

Union leaders expect wage growth in both the enterprise bargaining sector and the whole economy to fall behind inflation by the end of this year, and for the situation to be sustained throughout 2001.

BHP workers say no again to collective offer

A mass meeting at BHP's Port Hedland site in the Pilbara today has, as anticipated, again rejected the company's collective offer and a further meeting in Newman this afternoon is expected to yield the same result, putting the focus of the individual contracts dispute back on the Federal Court trial.