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More gender-balanced boards pay workforces more equally: Report

New academic analysis released today by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency says there is a strong connection between gender balance in the make-up of boards and the reduction of gender-based gaps in the pay of their employees.

Beleaguered Arrium asks workers to share the pain

Struggling steelmaker and iron ore miner Arrium has asked its employees to accept temporary pay cuts as part of a cost-cutting program aimed at keeping it afloat.

Road freight interests pushing Cash to delay RSRO

Road freight industry association NatRoad will tomorrow ask Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to intervene in an application to delay the start in April of a Road Safety Remuneration Order which it says could create a two-tiered payment system that discriminates against owner drivers.

Casuals ineligible to vote on agreement: FWC

The FWC has stymied a bid by an employer on a major resources project to win approval for its enterprise agreement, ruling its 36 casual workers were not eligible to vote because they weren't "employed at the time" when they voted.

FWC upholds "golden rule" sacking by safety-aware employer

A forklift driver who broke his employer's "golden rules" by operating his vehicle while a customer was in an exclusion zone has failed to convince the FWC that his dismissal was unfair, after supporting evidence from a customer collapsed under cross-examination.

Restructure to build MUA's capacity: Crumlin

MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin has talked up the need for his union to merge with the CFMEU, arguing that economies of scale will deliver better services for members.



Qantas wage freeze a "hard sell" for ASU members

The ASU, the union with the biggest membership at Qantas, says the airline faces a "hard sell" to win approval for a 18-month pay freeze after it reported a bumper first half profit of almost $1 billion.

FWBC prosecuting 52 CBI workers over "vigilante" walkout

The AWU has accused the construction watchdog of seeking to "terrorise" construction workers and their families by serving prosecution notices on 52 workers over the weekend after a year-long investigation.