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Super-union debuts; Bench scuttles offshore deal; & more

NUW deregistered, UWU out of the blocks; Wrong rate claim sinks offshore deal, Bench rules; Google no answer to getting dismissal right; and Cop's bid for early long service leave rejected.

Porter optimistic on "integrity" legislation

IR Minister Christian Porter is confident that a "sensible compromise" with Senate crossbenchers will win their support to pass the "Ensuring Integrity" Bill.

Workers' comp needs to capture independent contractors: Report

A new report commissioned by Australia's largest general insurance company has sounded the alarm on the increasing number of independent contractors who are missing out on workers' compensation, income protection, leave, superannuation and other entitlements enjoyed by employees.

Employer sensibly hedged bets with secretive deals, says FWC

The FWC has held that a construction giant did not breach good faith bargaining requirements by secretly making two greenfields deals with the AWU without telling other unions who believed they were jointly negotiating a project agreement.

Wage expectations "anchored": RBA

Australian workers no longer expect to see anything more than small increases in their pay packets, the RBA has speculated, while warning that if current conditions persist any wage growth may slow even further.

"Management in Australia's not very good": Hamberger

One of the architects of the Howard Government's 1996 industrial laws, Jonathan Hamberger, wants to see further change in Australian workplaces, but no longer believes legislation is the key.

Workplace s-xual harassment still living in the shadows: Surveys

Retailers and aviation industry employers are being urged to improve efforts to stamp out workplace s-xual harassment and better handle complaints amid AHRC and Qantas surveys confirming that the vast majority of incidents continue to go unreported.

RBA governor Lowe meets union leaders

RBA Governor Philip Lowe won an attentive audience when he today attended the ACTU's national executive meeting in Melbourne, after months of union leaders closely following his comments expressing concern about slow wages growth.

IR practitioners donate generously in honour of Ginters

The IR community has thrown its support behind motor neurone disease research in honour of IR barrister Peteris Ginters, who stepped down from practising in 2016 because of Motor Neurone Disease.