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AWU seeks to axe horticulture pieceworker "loophole"

The AWU is seeking to delete a decade-old pieceworker provision in the horticulture award that it claims leaves affected workers with no safety net and substandard rates of pay.

Ross responds to Porter's loaded rates request

FWC President Iain Ross has agreed to consider IR Minister Christian Porter's request that he insert loaded rates into awards for "distressed" industries and will convene initial conferences next week.

Eight-year greenfields project deals under IR Bill

The Morrison Government's IR omnibus legislation is seeking to extend the terms of large greenfields agreements to eight years, closing the door on lawful mid-project industrial action while new deals are negotiated.

Porter asks Ross to develop loaded rates for COVID-hit sectors

IR Minister Christian Porter has asked FWC President Iain Ross to consider how to best insert "loaded rates" incorporating penalty rates and other benefits into four awards covering industries "distressed" by the coronavirus pandemic.

Porter introduces Bill to enable CFMMEU break-up

IR Minister Christian Porter has today introduced legislation that would enable the CFMMEU's mining and energy division to de-merge from the troubled amalgamated union.

Labor resolves to back de-merger legislation

Labor's caucus has agreed today to support the Morrison Government's legislation to make it easier for unions to de-merge, which will enable the CFMMEU's mining and energy division to depart next year.

Bill seeks to extend JobKeeper flexibilities

IR Minister Christian Porter has flagged that the IR omnibus legislation to be introduced tomorrow will seek to further extend the workplace flexibilities rolled out as part of the JobKeeper wage subsidy beyond the current sunset of late March.


Porter to introduce union de-merger legislation

In a move triggered by the CFMMEU's internal war, IR Minister Christian Porter has revealed plans to introduce legislation next week to enable parts of amalgamated unions to de-merge within five years of their nuptials.

Study reveals horticulture's slim pickings

A new McKell Institute report recommends that the Morrison Government implement a national labour-hire licensing scheme, remove entry barriers to enable inspections by unions and redesign the visa system to curb widespread exploitation and wage theft in fruit-picking.