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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.
 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.
 
Premier praises ASU for donation of life saving heart defibrillator
The Australian Services Union (ASU) has donated a heart defibrillator to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to be used when visitors suffer heart attacks. Victorian Premier John Brumby launched the defibrillator this week.
 
Employers must not use jobs market as an excuse to slash pay and conditions: ACTU
Employers must not use the uncertain jobs market to pressure workers into accepting cuts to their pay and conditions, unions said today in response to new unemployment data.
 
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