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Labor vows to "harmonise" whistleblower regimes

A federal Labor government would establish a single Whistleblowing Act and protection authority to ensure "companies are held to the same standard as unions", according to the ALP, but IR Minister Kelly O'Dwyer says its planned reward scheme could benefit those involved in misconduct.


Labor pushed to shun "anti-worker" law firms

A future Federal Labor government should not give contracts to "anti-union" law firms, according to an ALP conference resolution pushed by the CFMMEU's Victorian branch.



Multi-employer bargaining not for everyone: Labor

A Federal Labor government will consider allowing multi-employer bargaining, but will focus on low-paid workers such as cleaners and early childhood educators, according to shadow IR minister Brendan O'Connor.

Labor decries BP's deployment of "nuclear option"

BP Australia is seeking to terminate the enterprise agreement for its oil refinery in Western Australia, in the latest case of a big employer using what the Federal Opposition has dubbed the "nuclear option" to break a bargaining deadlock.

Wages underhang has replaced overhang: Labor's Leigh

Labor when it came to power in the 1980s sought to address the "real wage overhang" the economy faced, but now it has to correct a "real wage underhang", the federal shadow productivity minister told a conference last week.


Industry super Bill stalls as Hayne's gaze comes to REST

The Coalition government bid to force industry superannuation funds to have one-third independent directors appears to have stalled in the wake of damning evidence about retail funds at the Hayne Royal Commission.