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Minerals Council chief executive Tania Constable said its aim is for the government to “go back to the drawing board”.

Mining industry to spend $24m to derail IR laws

Rio Tinto, BHP and Glencore are spending big on the minerals council’s campaign to stop Labor’s “same job, same pay” laws for labour hire workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
CFMEU members protesting at Sydney in April this year.

Rally is a ‘communication meeting’ workers should be paid for: CFMEU

Builders are calling on the workplace umpire to intervene over the CFMEU’s demands that members who attend a union rally about silica dust be paid.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Generative AI such as ChatGPT could lead to a decline in the Indian outsourcing industry.

India’s outsource industry is shrinking

The top players in the sector contracted their payrolls by more than 21,000 in the three months to September.

  • Andy Mukherjee

This Month

The MUA has denied DP World wharfies are “plotting to steal Christmas”.

Wharfie strikes causing delays that ‘could empty stores at Christmas’

The wharfies’ union has escalated industrial action at DP World terminals across the country, causing shipping delays of up to eight days.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Months of negotiations have failed to secure a new pay deal for Virgin ground staff.

Virgin ground crew step towards strike for new pay deal

Ground crew could walk off the job by mid-November, with cabin crew and pilots not far behind them as pay talks sour at Virgin Australia.

  • Updated
  • Ayesha de Kretser
Menulog managing director Morten Belling argues the government’s laws fail to fully recognise the value of gig work.

Menulog warns of $15 price rise unless value of gig work enshrined

Managing director Morten Belling says the Closing Loopholes Bill does not recognise that workers prefer the “dynamic earnings” of gig work that lifts pay with demand.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas plant on Barrow Island is Australia’s second-biggest.

WA LNG strike averted through 11th-hour deal

The resolution to the Chevron dispute brings to an end industrial action that has plagued WA LNG plants for over two months and sparked gas price spikes in Europe.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith and David Marin-Guzman
DoorDash claims “the sky is effectively the limit” under Labor’s gig economy laws.

DoorDash fears food delivery prices could triple under gig worker laws

The on-demand delivery service claims “the sky is effectively the limit” under the government’s bill to set minimum conditions for gig workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Milk tank drivers striking at Saputo’s Leongatha and Maffra sites in Victoria.

Three-day dairy strike to upset milk supplies

More than 150 truck drivers for dairy giant Saputo have walked off the job for 48 hours and are set to be followed by 1400 Victorian dairy processing workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
All employers of casuals would need to reconsider their work arrangements in the wake of such amendments.

Radical casual work overhaul will cost jobs

That is not just the belief of increasingly anxious big and small organisations across the country; it is the considered view of a leading industrial relations barrister.

  • Bran Black
Reserve Bank economists are considering taking industrial action after the central bank offered staff a three-year, 11 per cent pay deal.

RBA staff consider going on strike over 11pc pay rise

RBA economists may take industrial action after the central bank offered staff a three-year, 11 per cent pay deal opposed by the Finance Sector Union.

  • Michael Read
A Team Global Express dispatcher accepted bribes from truck drivers.

Team Global Express supervisor took scotch, deck reno from truckies

A Melbourne dispatcher took the Christine Holgate-led company to the Fair Work Commission claiming unfair dismissal.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Hundreds of Chevron workers are set to restart rolling stoppages from this Thursday.

Unions refuse to back down on Chevron LNG strikes

Chevron workers have gone against the umpire’s recommendations to cancel industrial action this Thursday.

  • David Marin-Guzman

BHP urged to hit exec pay for $445m payroll blunder

Proxy advisers reckon BHP has gone soft on senior executives over a $445 million payroll blunder that shortchanged 34,000 past and present employees.

  • Peter Ker

Uber warns of 85pc price rise under Labor’s gig economy laws

Modelling by the digital platform shows it may have to lift rideshare and food delivery prices by 60 to 85 per cent if it’s forced to pay gig workers penalty rates.

  • David Marin-Guzman
The Qube bans come as the MUA has been plotting out a detailed bargaining strategy against the logistics company.

Wharfies union withdraws Qube bans after ‘secondary boycott’ claims

The logistics group had accused the wharfies union of targeting it with an illegal secondary boycott under the pretence of protected action against DP World.

  • David Marin-Guzman
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

Nightclub lashed for sacking staff who talked about colleague’s pay

The umpire found a high-end nightclub acted like staff who disclosed pay had broken into “a ‘Watergate complex’, stolen key IP secrets and posted them on WikiLeaks”.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Lawyer Chris McArdle with CFMEU whistleblowers Andrew Quirk and Jock Miller.

CFMEU loses appeal on sacking whistleblowers

The Federal Court has rejected the CFMEU’s bid to overturn a ruling that it unlawfully sacked two officials who blew the whistle on union links to underworld figures.

  • David Marin-Guzman
The union says some electricians facing redundancy have worked at the defence bases for more than 15 years.

Labour hire loopholes ‘shamelessly exploited’ by ADF contractor: union

The sparkies union has called on Defence Minister Richard Marles to help stop Downer from outsourcing ADF jobs, saying it clashes with proposed labour laws.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Anna Cody says the Sex Discrimination Commission will take a tough stance on law firms breaching new legal duties.

Lawyers, barristers put on notice over sexual harassment

Non-compliance could result in lawyers losing their practicing certificates or the disbarment of barristers, the profession’s watchdogs have warned.

  • Hannah Wootton