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PC calls for national adoption of Victorian construction code

There is no barrier to federal and state governments immediately putting in place Victorian-style procurement arrangements to improve IR on infrastructure projects, according to a Productivity Commission draft report.

Abetz committed to Senate vote on ABCC legislation

Employment Minister Eric Abetz has vowed to take the existing legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to a vote in the Senate, arguing that Labor and the Greens would not give their support even it was amended.

Still no decision on FWC appeals jurisdiction: Abetz

The Federal Government is yet to decide whether it will introduce a FWC appeals jurisdiction, while its submission to the four-year modern award review leaves the door open for stakeholders to seek pay rises, a Senate committee has heard.

Right of entry, IFAs and greenfields deals to the fore in new IR Bill

The Abbott Government has presented its first tranche of changes to the Fair Work Act to Parliament today, including proposals to free up greenfields impasses, expand the subject matter of IFAs, wind back the ALP's right of entry changes and require bargaining before protected action.

Abetz asks FWC equal pay bench to focus on legislative "text"

The Federal Government is urging the Fair Work Commission not to be "distracted by" the former Labor Government's broader pay equity principles when assessing an equal remuneration application for childcare workers.

Abetz Bill's greenfields changes to cut negotiations by two months: RIS

Changes to greenfields agreement provisions in the bill expected to be introduced by Employment Minister Eric Abetz next week will cut negotiation time from five months to three for major projects and cut business administration costs by $14.4 million a year, according to his department's regulation impact statement.

FWC prepares the ground for bullying regime

The FWC is expecting a "significant number" of bullying applications and inquiries next year and has released a model for dealing with them and a draft benchbook, as well as announcing Commissioner Peter Hampton's appointment as the head of its anti-bullying panel.