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Fair Work Ombudsman rejects accusation of bias before ACTU rallies

Fair Work Ombudsman rejects accusation of bias before ACTU rallies

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker has denied attempting to discourage workers from attending ACTU rallies, rejecting allegations of bias in favour of employers in her new role and saying top union boss Sally McManus declined her offer to meet and discuss the issue. 

  • by Dana McCauley

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Union boss appointed WA industrial relations commissioner
Workplace safety

Union boss appointed WA industrial relations commissioner

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston unveiled the new-look IRC bench on Wednesday.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Cox Plate Day strike confirmed in Queensland, Melbourne Cup races a waiting game

Cox Plate Day strike confirmed in Queensland, Melbourne Cup races a waiting game

Cox Plate Day races have been called off but Australian Trainers Association Queensland spokesman Cameron Partington said it was now a waiting game to determine the fate of Melbourne Cup Day races.

  • by Jocelyn Garcia & Felicity Caldwell
Woolworths' new pay deal faces penalty rates scrutiny
Woolworths

Woolworths' new pay deal faces penalty rates scrutiny

Woolies workers have voted in favour of a new wages deal which will restore full penalty rates and pay base rates above the retail industry’s minimum requirement.

  • by Anna Patty & Mathew Dunckley
How Peter Woolcott's journey to the centre of bureaucracy began
Industrial relations

How Peter Woolcott's journey to the centre of bureaucracy began

A lifelong fascination with politics and foreign affairs has taken Peter Woolcott into the heart of the public service.

  • by Doug Dingwall & Sally Whyte
Militants versus the ‘muppets’ as union campaign builds

Militants versus the ‘muppets’ as union campaign builds

Tens of thousands of unionists marched in Melbourne and Sydney on Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of a campaign for workers’ rights and better pay.

  • by Anna Patty, Nick Toscano & Dana McCauley
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Fears 'stacked' council will have veto over government contracts
ACT government

Fears 'stacked' council will have veto over government contracts

But the ACT government has denied the new secure local jobs code advisory council will have any say over procurement.

  • by Katie Burgess
Employers warn housing costs will be pushed up if 'pattern bargaining' is allowed
Construction

Employers warn housing costs will be pushed up if 'pattern bargaining' is allowed

As a crane operators' strike enters its second week employers are anxiously waiting for a Fair Work Commission decision that will clarify the meaning of 'pattern bargaining' in industrial actions.

  • by Dana McCauley
Liberals in a lather as union boss spruiks rallies with Nazi namecheck

Liberals in a lather as union boss spruiks rallies with Nazi namecheck

Outspoken CFMEU official John Setka has drawn fresh criticism on social media after invoking the Nazi regime as a justification for law breaking.

  • by Dana McCauley
Fight for more pay not child's play outside Dutton-linked childcare
Childcare

Fight for more pay not child's play outside Dutton-linked childcare

Childcare workers who aren't employed at the Camelia Avenue Childcare Centre urged the federal government frontbencher to take up the fight for the industry.

  • by Toby Crockford
Melbourne union rally crowd expected to be 15 times bigger than Sydney. Why?

Melbourne union rally crowd expected to be 15 times bigger than Sydney. Why?

About 150,000 people marched in Melbourne today, while in Sydney it was closer to 10,000 - revealing some traditional differences.

  • by Simone Fox Koob