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Labor to seek consensus on good faith

The Labor Party plans a tripartite process to determine the shape of the good faith bargaining provisions it has promised to introduce if returned to Government at the next election, says Shadow IR Minister Arch Bevis.

BHP fined $80,000 over death

The NSW IRC has fined BHP Steel $80,000 over an accident that killed one worker and exposed another employee to injury.

Taskforce augmented after Feely resigns

The resignation of VECCI chief executive and former John Howard staffer Nicole Feely from Victoria's IR Taskforce has precipitated the appointment of four new members.

Judge reserves on contempt penalties

Federal Court Justice Ron Merkel has reserved his decision today on the penalty to impose on the three union officials he found guilty of contempt of court.

Construction workers out in Victoria

Workers have gone out for the day on large construction jobs across Victoria, over the death of a dogman on the weekend and union concerns that the State Government isn't meeting commitments to boost inspector numbers.

OPSM non-union ballot was invalid, says IRC

In a big win for the SDA, the IRC has refused to certify a non-union deal covering OPSM's 1,100 retail employees because of irregularities in the way the ballot was conducted.

IRC to hear metal union's casual claim

A full bench of the IRC will tomorrow begin hearing the AMWU's bid to increase the casual loading in the federal metal industry award from 20% to 30% as part of the union's job security campaign.

Rio Tinto coal mines hit by strikes

About 400 workers at Rio Tinto's Mt Thorley and Howick coal mines in NSW's Hunter Valley walked off the job last night as part of the ongoing campaign by the CFMEU (mining & energy division) to win back pay and conditions lost when the IRC terminated the mines' EAs.

FSU pursues labour suppliers

The Finance Sector Union has served a log of claims on the top 20 recruitment and labour hire companies that supply temporary staff to the finance sector.

Cameron and Roe returned in AMWU elections

The incumbents seem to have staved off the Workers First challengers in the AMWU ballot being counted today, with national secretary Doug Cameron safely back and Victorian secretary Julius Roe getting enough support to get him over the line.