Month: July 2012

Generosity leaves little room to move

By Brienna Snare Generous union members have raised $21,000 and gathered items to send a little comfort to children affected by the bushfires in Victoria. The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union forestry and furnishing products division have generated the funding. Meat union Tasmanian secretary Grant Courtney said …

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Individual transitional employee agreements (ITEA’s) fail new test

Many workers are seeing the new ITEA’s they have signed fail the no disadvantage test. What’s going on?  When John Howard introduced AWA’s in 1997 employers were given the greatest advantage they had seen since the federation of Australian.  They were given the ability to write individual contracts for workers without any regard to the …

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Gillard buries WorkChoices – unions not convinced

The Fair Work Bill has passed through the Senate, after the Government reached an agreement with Senator Steve Fielding on phasing-in its definition of small business for unfair dismissal purposes. The deal means the Government can stick to its timetable of having its key IR changes – including to unfair dismissal and bargaining – operational …

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