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"Tight", but IR Bill due before Parliament this year

IR Minister Christian Porter has been in possession of a "working draft" of the planned IR omnibus legislation since last Wednesday, ahead of plans to introduce it to Parliament before Christmas, departmental officials confirmed today.

Independent schools' bargaining "out of step": IEU

The IEU is accusing the NSW Association of Independent Schools of using COVID-19 as an excuse to breach good faith bargaining requirements and abandon centralised negotiations on behalf of 220 schools, but the peak body says they are still "on foot".

"Regressive" IR system prompts teachers' inquiry into work value

The NSW Teachers Federation says the state's "regressive" IR system and the denial of its ability to run a work value case has prompted it to commission an independent inquiry to support bargaining, being live-streamed today.

Virgin management assuages union with jobs commitment

The TWU will resume enterprise bargaining talks with Virgin Australia after being reassured by the incoming management that the airline intends to fulfil a previous commitment to "ultimately employ" about 6000 workers.


Bargaining go-ahead a "big step forward" for gig workers

A new ACCC class exemption for small businesses wanting to collectively bargain is a "big step forward" for gig economy workers and others classified as independent contractors, but it comes with significant limitations, according to IR academics.


JobKeeper "rort" accused defends sacking amid AFP investigation

A company accused of sacking a manager for refusing to "rort" JobKeeper has told a court it dismissed him for poor performance and a loss of trust, but has declined to plead to many allegations due to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Mooted IR changes would rebound on all unions: RAFFWU

RAFFWU has accused the ACTU of using the IR roundtable process to try to limit the role of unregistered unions in negotiating and challenging the approval of agreements, warning such a move will in time be "weaponised" against all unions.

Legal representation denied despite "difficulties" for HR manager

The FWC has found that allowing a large employer to be legally represented would be "manifestly unfair", rejecting its argument that excessive complexity would arise from its HR manager having to conduct the case and act as a witness.