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  • Unemployment rising, but it could be worse

    19 December 2008

    Business confidence is at its lowest level since 1990 and unemployment is expected to increase in the next quarter — but not to the levels experienced 18 years ago.

  • Ombudsman pub raids show workers owed $250,000

    19 December 2008

    A shock raid on 30 Sydney city hotels by the Workplace Ombudsman has found evidence of systematic underpayment, with 300 bar staff owed more than $100,000 — and audits at other hotels show the total to be reimbursed is over $250,000.

  • Rescue package of $25m for Qld mining jobs

    19 December 2008

    The Queensland Government has brought forward a $25 million spending package to boost employment in regional areas affected by the mining downturn.

  • Union says WorkChoices to blame for mine collapse

    19 December 2008

    The AWU has blamed the WorkChoices legislation for a mine collapse trapping 27 miners underground in Ballarat this morning. The miners have since been rescued.

  • Bligh holds urgent talks on mining jobs crisis

    18 December 2008

    Qld Premier Anna Bligh is holding urgent talks with unions and the Queensland Resources Council today to discuss the effects of the slowing economy on the State’s mining industry.

  • IT, medical and trades now priority for skilled visas

    18 December 2008

    The Federal Government has drastically changed its skilled-migration scheme, with the emphasis now to be on medical and key IT professionals, engineers and construction trades.

  • Big fall in skilled vacancies

    18 December 2008

    The number of skilled vacancies in Australia fell by 7.2% in December, with vacancies down for all three occupational groups, according to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Vacancy Report.

  • Victoria moves to raise OHS and discrimination protections

    18 December 2008

    Victorian workers who raise OHS issues and suffer discrimination as a result, will be able to sue their employers for damages under new legislation introduced into State Parliament.

  • Employment news — 17/12/08

    17 December 2008

    Western Australian businesses are being encouraged to employ mature-age workers as a way to improve performance and boost profits. Meanwhile, the ACTU has attacked Telstra for putting in a flawed bid in the tender process for the National Broadband Network (NBN), saying it has jeopardised jobs and $10 billion in shareholder value.

  • No holiday for Anzac Day next year?

    17 December 2008

    Only WA and ACT workers will get a ‘separate’ holiday to mark Anzac Day next year — all the rest will miss out.

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