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Minimum wage ruling tomorrow

The Fair Work Commission will hand down the 2018 minimum wage review decision at 11am tomorrow, after the ACTU pushed for a substantial rise as a step towards its goal to lift the safety net to 60% of median earnings.

Technology won't protect gig workers from themselves: Airtasker

One year into a landmark agreement between Airtasker and Unions NSW to improve pay and conditions, the company's chief executive Tim Fung has told a Senate inquiry the platform's technology is not up to the task of ensuring adherence to minimum pay and licensing requirements.

Equal pay case's time is now: FWC

The FWC has refused to grant engineering employers more time to comply with production orders in the IEU's equal pay claim on behalf of early childhood teachers, finding neither provided a "proper basis" despite one having a director off work due to complications arising from cancer surgery.

Analysis proves $50 rise boosts jobs: ACTU

The ACTU will today release economic modelling to bolster its argument that a $50-a-week increase in the minimum wage would be a job creator rather than a job destroyer, as claimed by employer groups.


Union urges Hayne to review targets, performance management

The FSU has told the Hayne Royal Commission that in following its terms of reference by examining remuneration practices in the banking and finance sector, it should also scrutinise an associated issue - target-based performance management.

AiG seeks nip and tuck for hair and beauty penalty rates

Hair and beauty industry employers are seeking in a submission lodged today that the FWC cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates by a similar amount to the reductions ordered for retail and pharmacy sectors in last year’s landmark ruling.

"Industrially unsound" result in case scuttled by friendly fire

In a decision where the employer's case was embarrassingly "scuttled" by its own witness, a senior FWC member has found that Ausgrid failed to inform four safety specialists during job interviews that they wouldn't be receiving an allowance due to them under the relevant agreement.

Minimum wage lift poses threat to disadvantaged, argues government

The Turnbull Government has used its submission to the annual wage review to reinforce its argument that minimum wage increases threaten jobs, despite the Fair Work Commission finding in last year's review that "modest and regular increases" do not produce "disemployment" effects.

Peak employer group calls for sub-2% rise

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for this year's minimum wage increase to be no higher than 1.9% or about $13.20 a week, after taking into account the impact on small and regional businesses.