The IEU is accusing Queensland Catholic school employers of breaching a 30-year commitment to maintain wage parity with public sector teachers and rejecting all proposals to address work intensification, leaving members with "no other choice but to escalate" their campaign.
The RBA has projected that the current pattern of "unusually" slow wage growth will likely continue until at least 2021, Governor Philip Lowe reminding a parliamentary committee that any pick-up was "both affordable and desirable".
ACTU leader Sally McManus has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, asking him to implement a three-point plan that would lift aggregate annual wage growth from the current level of about 2.3% to about 3.5%.
A senior FWC member has told an IR conference that problems associated with a "radical disjunct" between the common law and award definitions of casuals will "snowball" if not resolved, while the cause of stunted wage growth in the face of strong labour market conditions lies beyond orthodox thinking.
The Australian government needs to shake up the regulatory framework governing workplaces and competition if the country is to reignite wage growth and capitalise on the opportunities presented by the digital economy, according to an OECD report.
The Victorian Labor government has flagged it will aim for modest annual pay rises of 2%, setting the scene for an arm-wrestle with public sector unions in bargaining over a series of major enterprise agreements.