Industrial Relations

October 2017

Legislation proposed to prevent abuse of Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government intends to legislate to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

May 2017

Government consults on changes to Fair Entitlements Guarantee – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government is seeking public comment on its consultation paper on reforms to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

April 2017

Penalty rates debate working for Labor – April 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

Labor continues to harass the Government over proposed penalty rate cuts for many of Australia’s lowest paid workers.

Government seeks ban on secret union payments – April 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Turnbull Government is seeking to legislate a ban on secret payments between unions and employers.

March 2017

Implementation of penalty rates decision becomes hot potato – March 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

There is still no indication of how proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates will be implemented.

December 2016

Government secures passage of two key IR measures after compromises – December 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations,

The two bills that formed the basis for the July 2 double dissolution election have now been passed by the Parliament after a round of last-minute negotiation.

November 2016

Senators validity challenges puts cloud over Government’s IR plans – November 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

The Government’s plans to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) are on hold until the High Court resolves eligibility issues involving two candidates who stood for the Senate on July 2.

September 2016

Building and construction industry legislation reintroduced – September 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Elections,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has re-introduced into Parliament the industrial relations legislation that provided the basis for the July 2 double dissolution election.

Minister stumbles over protection of volunteers measure – September 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

Legislation for the federal intervention – promised during the election campaign – in the dispute involving the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

July 2016

New award rates from 1 July 2016 – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Industrial Relations,

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a reminder to businesses and their advisers to check changes to new industry award rates and allowances which came into effect on 1 July 2016.

Tougher industrial relations regulation promised – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Liberal Party says it is essential that unions and employers operate in a transparent and accountable manner and that the building industry – Australia’s third-largest employer – is fair, safe and lawful.

Whyalla steel package offered – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Industrial Relations, Politics, Trade and industry,

The Federal Coalition has promised steelmaker Arrium a $49.2 million lifeline which it says will protect around 2,700 jobs in South Australia.

June 2016

Coalition responds to 7-Eleven underpayment with stronger protection – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Industrial Relations, Trade Unions,

A re-elected Coalition Government will strengthen existing workplace laws to ensure better protection for workers and to stamp out exploitation by unscrupulous employers, says Employment Minister Michaelia Cash

February 2016

Productivity Commission final IR report recommends end to Sunday penalties – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

The federal Government has reacted cautiously to penalty rate changes recommended in the Productivity Commission’s final report on Australia’s workplace relations system.

September 2015

Senate inquiry told building industry non-payment widespread – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Industrial Relations,

A Senate inquiry has been told that some South Australian sub-contractors in the construction industry are afraid to speak out about not getting paid because they fear they will not get any more work.

National Reform Summit – 26 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Age Pension, Industrial Relations,

The ‘National Reform Summit was held in Sydney on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.

August 2015

Lambie, Lazarus and Muir secure defeat of Government’s industrial relations bills

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Industrial Relations,

Three of the Senate’s eight cross-benchers have joined with Labor and the Greens to defeat two of the Government’s signature industrial relations changes, handing it in the case of one bill.

AFP signs new agreement with Indonesia – August 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Indonesian National Police (INP) have signed a new arrangement to “solidify” their long-standing working partnership in the fight against serious international crime.

Productivity Commission proposes “repair, not replacement” for IR system - August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

The Productivity Commission’s draft report on Australia’s workplace relations framework has given the present system surprisingly strong marks.

May 2015

Government urges ‘caution’ in annual wage review – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

The Government has told the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review that subdued wages growth and low consumer price inflation indicate that businesses are finding it difficult to afford wage increases at present.

March 2015

Retreat on motor subsidy mired in confusion – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Industry Policy,

The federal Government has restored subsidies to the key car makers –Toyota , Ford and Holden – which are in the process of phasing out their Australian manufacturing operations.

February 2015

Abbott opens way for uranium sales to India – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Trade,

On a two-day visit to India in September 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed an agreement providing a basis for sales of Australian uranium for India’s growing electricity sector.

September 2014

Ombudsman’s guide to entitlements claims - September 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has published a Small Claims Guide designed to assist both employers and employees.

August 2014

Motor industry adjustment was inevitable says PC - August 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Industry Policy,

The Productivity Commission says in its latest report on the car industry that Government assistance should be ended.

Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2014 - August 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

Minimum wages were increased by 3 per cent from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2014.

May 2014

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: Fair Work Commission cuts Sunday penalties

Filed under: Industrial Relations,

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that Sunday penalty rates for casual restaurant employees should be cut from 50 per cent to 25 per cent.

Commonwealth funds for motor-vehicle recovery plan

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Industry Policy,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a $155 million Growth Fund to generate future jobs for employees and supply-chain businesses in Victoria and South Australia.

More major closures announced

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Industry Policy,

Federal Government advisers are still trying to assess the medium-term effects of the end of vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

Government ends funds for Ethical Clothing initiative

Filed under: Australian Politics, Industrial Relations, Industry Policy,

Ethical Clothing Australia says it has been advised that it will no longer receive federal Government funding.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: FWC reviews annual leave

Filed under: Industrial Relations,

The Fair Work Commission is examining annual leave in the latest stage of its four-yearly review of modern award provisions, required under its legislation.

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