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Cleaners use s170N to escape award process

In a case that deals with whether in-the-field-bargaining prevents the IRC making a safety net award, a full bench of the Commission has rejected LHMU arguments that the CCI of Western Australian initiated sham bargaining periods on behalf of contract cleaners to avoid a first award for the industry.

Comalco plans 50% cut in injuries

Aluminium producer Comalco plans to reduce lost time injuries (LTIs) by at least 50% a year over the next two years, according to its chair, John Morschel.

Court reserves decision in NUW contempt case

The NSW Supreme Court has reserved its decision on what penalty to apply to both the NUW's maverick NSW secretary, Frank Belan, and the federal branch of the national union over the earlier contempt findings against them.

NSW train strike off

The controllers' strike that threatened to shut down the rail system in Sydney and surrounding areas on Monday is off, with unions and the SRA finally reaching agreement on a new EA after hours of intensive negotiations today.

NZ Government moves on junior rates

In the wake of its in-principle decision last month to remove junior rates for employees aged 18 and 19, New Zealand's Coalition Government has been seeking public opinion about increasing the rates for 16 and 17 year olds, who currently get 60% of the adult minimum.

CPI rise adds to wage pressure

Unions are likely to ramp up their wage claims in the wake of today's data showing a substantial increase in the cost of living.

Living wage decision due Monday

The IRC's national wage full bench will hand down its living wage decision at 10am on Monday, in Sydney.

MBA ends negotiations for SA construction deal

The MBA in South Australia has withdrawn from the latest bargaining round in the state's construction industry, saying employers could not afford the CFMEU (construction division)'s claim of 20% over three years plus hefty increases to superannuation and redundancy.