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Inquiry backs passage of Omnibus IR Bill

In an inquiry report released this afternoon, Coalition senators have acknowledged disquiet from employers and unions about elements of the Omnibus IR Bill, but are urging its passage without further amendment.


ACTU calls for repeal of union demerger changes

The ACTU's national executive today sought to close off the newly-established legislative mechanism the CFMMEU's mining and energy division is expected to exploit within weeks to break away from the rest of the union.

Cash capable of shepherding IR Bill: Morrison

The Morrison Government has indicated it will push ahead with the Omnibus Bill in the Senate next week despite the expected absence of its architect, IR Minister and Attorney-General Christian Porter.


"Glaring holes" in joint proposal to tackle casualisation: RAFFWU

RAFFWU expects to oppose a "disastrous" joint union and Master Grocers Australia proposal to let part-time retail workers put in more hours without earning overtime, but the ACTU says it will help them lock in increased hours while combating surging casualisation.

Full court's "unduly narrow" interpretation is wrong: Porter

IR Minister Christian Porter has told the High Court that a Federal Court bench "erred" when it concluded that labour hire company Workpac could not rely on a legislative provision to offset loadings paid to the worker at the centre of a landmark case on casual leave entitlements.

IR Bill progresses to Senate

The Morrison Government's contentious Omnibus IR Bill has moved to the Senate after a day of increasingly splenetic exchanges between Coalition and ALP members, one independent describing the legislation as a "pathetic" example of supposed compromise.

Member lacked power to pull rug on dismissal case: Bench

A presidential member denied an unfair dismissal applicant a fair hearing when he threw out his case for want of prosecution without a formal request from the employer, a FWC full bench has ruled.

IR Bill's impact on recovery "probably negative", says expert

The Morrison Government's IR Omnibus Bill is likely to have a minimal, "probably negative" impact on Australia's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading employment relations scholar has warned.