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New ministerial working group on foreign worker exploitation to meet next week

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has set up a ministerial working group that she says will "consider further policy options" to curb exploitation of "vulnerable" foreign visa workers and might lead to Fair Work Act reform proposals that would be taken to the next election.

Bench rejects FWBC challenge to CFMEU leader's entry permit

An FWC full bench has upheld a decision to grant an entry permit to CFMEU construction and general division Queensland branch secretary Michael Ravbar, and dismissed the FWBC’s arguments that he was vicariously liable for the behaviour of other union officials as "riddled with unsubstantiated hyperbole".

Payment to union seemingly "deliberately falsified"

The documentation for a $300,000 payment by the builder of Melbourne's EastLink toll road to the AWU appears to have been "deliberately falsified", the Heydon Royal Commission heard today.

Hutchison and MUA set deadline to reach agreement

Senior FWC member Anna Booth is today chairing negotiations between Hutchison Ports Australia and the MUA on a framework for a voluntary redundancy program the company will offer to employees in an enterprise deal that the parties have agreed to finalise by November 16.


Aurizon restructure to deliver $300m in cost reductions

Major rail freight operator Aurizon plans to cut about 800 jobs over three years as it seeks to deliver up to $300 million in gains under new enterprise agreements, which exclude what the company says are "legacy conditions".

Court sparks storm in a DD-cup with breast reduction ruling

The Federal Court has ordered a tribunal to re-hear a worker's bid for reimbursement of $20,000 for breast reduction surgery she claimed was necessary to relieve back and neck injuries she sustained in the workplace.

BlueScope Steel workers vote up "rescue" deal

A mass meeting of BlueScope Steel workers in Wollongong has endorsed a "game-changing" rescue package that cuts 500 jobs, freezes pay for three years and scraps bonuses in a bid to help keep the steelworks afloat.

FWC to hear bid to reverse Coles agreement; and more

FWC bench to hear bid to overturn Coles deal approval; Heydon not planning to recall Shorten, but Howes set to appear; Ballot gets the go-ahead despite employer objections; Queensland FIFO report recommends workforce, accommodation laws; High Court confirms role of hindsight in determining injury claims; and Employers, unions decry threats to freedom of association.

Shift focus away from labour productivity, says ACTU

At the National Reform Summit in Canberra today, the ACTU will urge the Turnbull Government to adopt measures to boost multifactor and capital productivity, arguing that labour productivity has been growing and "is not the problem".