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New IR laws are a major step forward for Australian workers

New industrial relations laws passed by the Federal Parliament are a major step forward for working Australians and the nation.

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DEWR cut corners in Work Choices campaign rush, report finds

The Work Choices advertising campaign was plagued by poor documentation and numerous breaches of financial management guidelines, according to a report by the Australian National Audit Office.

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Australians want new IR laws passed now to protect workers in economic downturn: new poll

A new national poll shows there is overwhelming public support for the immediate introduction of new industrial relations laws that boost rights and legal protections for working Australians during the economic downturn.

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NSW: Commissioner admits prison sell-off aims to bust unions
The NSW Public Service Association will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier after a senior bureaucrat admitted on Monday the proposal to privatise jails was part of a union-busting exercise.
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Unions are part of the solution: Obama

US President Barack Obama has pledged to reverse the previous administration's anti-union policies, saying he believes unions are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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WA restaurant chain admits underpaying thousands to 66 workers

Perth-based Shimizu restaurants face tens of thousands of dollars in fines after admitting to underpaying 66 workers.

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Telstra strike in Victoria suspended because of bushfire tragedy, but to go ahead in rest of nation

A 24 hour strike by Telstra workers tomorrow has been suspended in Victoria due to the appalling bushfire tragedy unfolding across the state, but will go ahead as planned in other states and territories.

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WA to allow "take-it-or-leave it" statutory individual agreements
In the wake of announcing yesterday that WA won’t refer its IR powers to Canberra, state Commerce Minister Troy Buswell has today called for the Federal Government to allow employment to be made conditional on signing an individual flexibility agreement, and revealed that he wants similar provisions in the state’s individual agreements stream, which will get a makeover.
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