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Kmart deal set to pass despite ballot flaws

Wesfarmers subsidiary Kmart wrongly permitted new recruits to vote for its latest agreement even though they were not engaged until after the access period, according to an FWC full bench that has nevertheless quashed an earlier rejection of the deal and invited submissions on an undertaking to provide choice of super fund.

Super-union debuts; Bench scuttles offshore deal; & more

NUW deregistered, UWU out of the blocks; Wrong rate claim sinks offshore deal, Bench rules; Google no answer to getting dismissal right; and Cop's bid for early long service leave rejected.

Employer sensibly hedged bets with secretive deals, says FWC

The FWC has held that a construction giant did not breach good faith bargaining requirements by secretly making two greenfields deals with the AWU without telling other unions who believed they were jointly negotiating a project agreement.

Pay rises in private sector deals in reverse gear

Bargained pay rises in the private sector have gone backwards for the second quarter in a row, according to newly-released data from the Attorney-General's Department.

Court makes crucial ruling on travel time

In a decision that could have employers re-thinking standard travel and hours terms in agreements, the Federal Court has found in favour of a CFMMEU-backed class action that argued workers should be paid for transit time between security gates and their worksite.

Casual teachers seek guaranteed daily work

Queensland Catholic school teachers are implementing work bans, their NSW counterparts have endorsed a novel measure to guarantee daily work for casuals and the employees of a Catholic school office are stopping work to fight for assurances on agreement coverage.

Deleting NERR's union references "herded" employees: FWC

A large employer's decision to excise union references from its representational rights notice has scuppered its proposed agreement, the FWC observing that employees were effectively being "herded" towards two colleagues who had negotiated the previous deal.

Employers seek broader application of life-of-project deals

Now that the Morrison Government has decided to extend the maximum terms of greenfields agreements for major projects, employers say the principle should apply more widely to non-greenfields agreements covering subcontractors on such jobs.

Bench rejects Minister's review of 'discriminatory' deal

An FWC full bench has rejected IR Minister Christian Porter's bid to review an already-approved agreement on the basis that it contains discriminatory terms, while it has allowed changes "entirely disposing" of any lingering ambiguities.

NZ might permit bargaining fees

New Zealand will consider enabling unions and employers to charge a bargaining fee for non-members under a new system of fair pay agreements that would mandate minimum rates and conditions across low-paid industries.