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Industrial relations


AMWU national secretary Steve Murphy says the union is “mindful” of the industry’s wage growth when determining internal pay rises.

AMWU gives its own employees below inflation pay rise of 3pc

The manufacturing workers’ union will pay its own officials wage increases of less than 3 per cent despite a push for claims against employers as high as 8 per cent to match the surging cost of living.

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  • David Marin-Guzman

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NSW Nurses and Midwives Association secretary Brett Holmes said staff shortages hadn’t even peaked yet and “we’re in a situation that is pretty dire”.

Health absences ramp up as unions urge return of pandemic leave

Unions warn staff shortages due to COVID-19 are climbing and “no manager is freely handing out leave passes”.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Virgin Australia claimed the conduct amounted to “wilful neglect” of training meant to ensure safety.

Virgin sacking of crew boss for watching film, sleeping ‘harsh’

On other occasions, the airline found she arrived late or without makeup, her hair messy, her nail polish visibly chipped and with no stockings.

  • David Marin-Guzman
LNG tankers can no longer moor alongside Shell’s Prelude LNG vessel far off north-west Australia.

Unions extend LNG shutdown over pay dispute

The work bans at Shell’s Prelude project are keeping production offline for longer just as Japan and Germany are crying out for alternatives to Russian gas.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

Sacking for discussing pay with colleagues ‘reasonable’: judge

A Primo Foods employee sacked for discussing his co-workers’ salary offers while negotiating his own contract has lost a legal challenge to his dismissal.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Deliveroo said the bill would “remove all  flexibility enjoyed by its riders”.

Gig giants warn Qld push for minimum pay will ‘remove all flexibility’

Uber, Deliveroo and Menulog have attacked proposed laws that would set minimum rates for workers the gig economy.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Sens general manager was allegedly furious that the supervisor “didn’t add any smiley faces”.

Cafe worker unfairly sacked for not using ‘smiley emojis’

A worker at a Queensland coffee franchise was unfairly sacked after her boss blasted her for not using smiley face emojis in a text message over rosters.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Menarock’s Essendon aged care home, where there was an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

Nurse faces jail, $600,000 fines for allegedly working with COVID-19

A leading workplace lawyer says the case is the start of ‘a campaign of prosecutions’ by WorkSafe of workers and businesses accused of breaching COVID-19 measures.

  • Hannah Wootton
[L-R] Workplace Safety Minister Ingrid Stitt, taskforce co-chairs Liberty Sanger and Bronwyn Halfpenny.

Victoria to curb ‘oppressive’ NDAs silencing sexual harassment victims

Victims of workplace sexual harassment, employers, unions and the legal profession will be consulted to build laws to stop misuse of non-disclosure agreements.

  • Max Mason
The union’s mooring bans are expected to halt production.

Shell to shut LNG vessel after workers reject $30,000 a year pay rise

Shell will shut down its Prelude floating LNG vessel in response to unions escalating industrial action, disrupting an already stretched global market. The 150 union members earning more than $200,000 a year rejected a proposed pay rise of about $30,000.

  • David Marin-Guzman and Angela Macdonald-Smith
Australian workers: Labor’s measures will drive up costs.

Labor’s productivity toolbox is empty

Unless the jobs summit delivers an unlikely breakthrough, the government is bringing nothing to the IR table to improve output but plenty that will lift costs.

  • Michael Angwin
Strike action could affect Qantas and Jetstar

Qantas strikes loom despite bonus offer

Qantas’ offer of a one-off $5000 bonus has failed to placate engineers, who could walk off the job in a matter of weeks pending a vote on industrial action.

  • Lucas Baird
Nurses and midwives arrive for a wage meeting and to protest against the government wage offer in this Sydney this week.

Pay rises average 2.6pc in enterprise agreements for early 2022

The 139,651 workers covered by new enterprise agreements struck in 2022 have won pay rises of between 2.2 per cent and 3.0 per cent, new data shows.

  • Gus McCubbing


Avi Efrat (centre), here in St Kilda, runs Fantastic Framing and increased his staff’s wages by up to 15 per cent ahead of July 1.

‘Don’t be a punching bag’: small business jumps wage-rise gun

Sydney business owner Avi Efrat increased the wages of his lowest paid workers by 15 per cent as soon as he caught wind of the coming pay rise.

  • Gus McCubbing
Some New York teachers have been protesting against the return to in-person teaching, which they say has taken place without proper safety precautions during the pandemic.

Union spot fires plague Perrottet as teachers walk out of schools

More than 20,000 teachers walked off the job in NSW as rail workers entered their third day of industrial action.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
Elon Musk is facing tough times.

The most probable reasons why Elon Musk has stopped tweeting

Considering Shanghai’s shutdown, another factory opening, the chaotic Twitter deal and Tesla job cuts, it’s no wonder he fired off his last tweet on June 21.

  • Dana Hull
NSW Transport Minister David Elliott said the way Blockade Australia chooses to protest is “selfish”.

NSW offers rail workers $264m sweetener to end strikes

NSW Transport Minister David Elliott has said if the union doesn’t accept the deal on the table, it’s proof that the strikes are politically motivated.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
Shell’s Prelude floating LNG vessel off Western Australia is the largest floating structure in the world.

Missed Prelude LNG cargoes to worsen global gas shortage

Shell’s cancellation of cargoes from its floating LNG vessel until mid-July adds to cuts in US gas exports due to a fire, and as buyers hunt for alternatives to Russian gas.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Industrial action is restricting Shell’s ability to offload LNG from the Prelude vessel in the Browse Basin.

Dispute stops cargoes at Shell’s huge floating LNG plant

The 3.6 million tonnes-a-year Prelude LNG plant is the subject of an industrial relations battle, with unions and management blaming each other for the worsening situation.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Uber Eats managing director Bec Nyst, TWU national secretary Michael Kaine, Uber managing director Dom Taylor and TWU assistant national secretary Nick McIntosh have agreed to lobby for minimum wage rights for gig workers.

Uber swings in behind union push for gig worker rights

Uber has agreed to work with the Transport Workers Union to set minimum rights and conditions for more than 100,000 workers on its on-demand platforms.

  • Tess Bennett