In Today's Media

Melbourne public transport strike: Rail, Tram and Bus Union urged to negotiate over pay dispute (28/08/2015)
The Rail Tram and Bus Union has been urged to stay at the negotiating table by the Victorian Government, as the state prepares for the possibility of another crippling transport strike.
Source: ABC

Tasmanian workers to lobby Federal MPs on China free trade agreement (28/08/2015)
Trade unionists will be trying to capture the attention of Federal MPs in Tasmania today, in a protest against Australia's free trade agreement with China.
Source: ABC

Unibooks to close after 80 years supplying universities, more than 100 Adelaide jobs go (28/08/2015)
More than 100 jobs will go with the closure of Unibooks, the Adelaide supplier of study materials for South Australia's three public universities and the online Open Universities Australia.
Source: ABC

An Australian Taxation Office work space in Darwin costs $99,000 per staff members (28/08/2015)
Is this seat taken? At one federal office with seven desks for each worker, the answer is probably not.
Source: Canberra Times

Five signs your public service boss thinks you're a dud (28/08/2015)
t's a question that haunts the waking dreams of an estimated 76.6 per cent* of public servants: does my EL1 think I'm a dud**?
Source: Canberra Times

DHS wage showdown looms (28/08/2015)
The public service's biggest department and unions are approaching a showdown as 34,000 workers at the Department of Human Services (DHS) prepare to vote early next month on a new pay deal.
Source: Canberra Times

Departing WA public sector employees overpaid, kept access to IT systems: auditor-general (28/08/2015)
Public servants leaving six Western Australian Government agencies were overpaid nearly $1 million, while some also retained "inappropriate access" to information systems, the auditor-general says.
Source: ABC

Pledge to keep hands off superannuation under attack (27/08/2015)
The National Reform Summit has urged the government to stop clinging to its promise not to make any changes to superannuation and open the door to a comprehensive review of retirement income policy.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Bill Shorten promises construction industry reform (27/08/2015)
Workplace Minister Eric Abetz​ has questioned Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's commitment to industrial relations reform in the construction industry after Labor stymied the government's attempt to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne train drivers threaten a week of industrial action, off back of city-wide tram strike (27/08/2015)
Metro Trains staff are threatening to embark on a week of industrial action, on the eve of a four-hour tram strike in Melbourne.
Source: ABC

Police raid CFMEU in search of evidence of bribery and blackmail (27/08/2015)
The Australian Federal Police has launched raids on the Canberra head office of the CFMEU in search of evidence of bribery and blackmail.
Source: Canberra Times

Commissioner warns public servants to get busy or get out (27/08/2015)
Public servants should pull their weight at work or look for a new job, the Public Service Commissioner has warned.
Source: Canberra Times

Bluescope Steel says over 500 job cuts will be announced within weeks as it makes $200m savings (27/08/2015)
Bluescope Steel says it has to do more than just cut 500 jobs at Port Kembla to make savings of $200 million a year.
Source: ABC

National Reform Summit: Leaders declare that tax and super reform is 'urgent' (26/08/2015)
Australia must have a proper review of the entire retirement income system, including pension and superannuation taxes, and it needs a more sustainable tax base if debt and deficit are to be tackled and productivity lifted, the National Reform Summit will recommend.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Blackmores to give six weeks' bonus pay for 900 staff after profit surge (26/08/2015)
Most of the 900 staff at vitamins maker Blackmores have been given an extra six weeks' pay as part of a profit-sharing scheme, while investors enjoyed a 63 per cent rise in the final dividend to $1.35 a share after booming Asian demand fuelled a profit bonanza.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The surprise winners of flexible work at Telstra (26/08/2015)
The fact there are fewer dads around the office at Telstra tells chief executive Andy Penn the company's flexible work changes are having an impact.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne tram drivers revive four-hour strike plan amid pay dispute (26/08/2015)
Melbourne's tram drivers will walk off the job for four hours on Thursday, bringing the entire network to a halt.
Source: ABC

Rise of the machines as ANZ brings in robot workers to do the 'boring' jobs (26/08/2015)
First jobs went to India, now ANZ Banking Group is leading the way locally in a global rise of robot software systems, which can do the work of employees in fields ranging from payroll administration to helpdesk support and customer service in a fraction of the time.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Boral says CFMEU boycott has cost $20m (26/08/2015)
Boral has rejected a $2.4 million offer from the militant construction union and will go to trial over an alleged secondary boycott that it says has triggered losses of $20 million.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Barnett raps unions over Gorgon threat (26/08/2015)
Premier Colin Barnett has accused unions of putting the next generation of jobs at risk as the threat of industrial action looms over Australia’s biggest resource project — Chevron’s Gorgon LNG development at Barrow Island.
Source: The West Australian

National Reform Summit: Leaders declare that tax and super reform is 'urgent' (26/08/2015)
Australia must have a proper review of the entire retirement income system, including pension and superannuation taxes, and it needs a more sustainable tax base if debt and deficit are to be tackled and productivity lifted, the National Reform Summit will recommend.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Extended WA trading hours on Sunday a 'good thing', Premier Colin Barnett says (25/08/2015)
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has conceded that an extra hour or two for shopping on a Sunday morning would be a "good thing" for consumers.
Source: ABC

Australia's superannuation system unfair to women (25/08/2015)
Women put away only half as much super as men, and suddenly we're concerned.
Source: The Age

Dyson Heydon delays decision on future as trade union royal commissioner (25/08/2015)
Trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon has delayed his decision about whether to stand down from the position.
Source: ABC

Dinosaur unions shown up by pro-worker breakaway associations (25/08/2015)
Why has corruption flourished in some trade unions? In his attempt to wound royal commissioner Dyson Heydon, counsel for the ACTU Robert Newlinds inadvertently provided the answer.
Source: The Australian

CFMEU bosses across nation may face criminal charges (25/08/2015)
Police in three states are investigating the most senior leaders of the CFMEU for allegations ranging from receiving secret commissions to blackmail as a result of evidence gathered by investigators working alongside the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Chevron FIFO workers in WA vote to take industrial action over non-family-friendly rosters (25/08/2015)
More than 1,000 workers at Chevron's Gorgon Project off WA's north-west coast have voted overwhelmingly in favour taking industrial action over roster concerns.
Source: ABC

WA's business reputation 'will be damaged' by FIFO industrial action, business lobby warns (25/08/2015)
Western Australia's reputation as an investment destination will be damaged if workers at Chevron's $55 billion Gorgon LNG project go ahead with industrial action, the state's peak business lobby has warned.
Source: ABC

'Not more pens!': Department of Social Services leads war on promotional merchandise (25/08/2015)
Thousands of federal bureaucrats have been given a frank directive to stop needlessly buying expensive branded water bottles and stationery to send messages to the public.
Source: Canberra Times

Grill'd to outline new pay deal to workers at burger stores (24/08/2015)
Grill'd, the burger company at the centre of a bitter wage dispute, will propose new pay and conditions to senior employees at more than a dozen Melbourne stores on Sunday.
Source: The Age

Do attractive people find it easier to get a job? (24/08/2015)
Academics have long proven that beauty does pay off in the job hunt. But presenting yourself in a way that makes you appealing to an employer is about more than just being the proud owner of a perfectly symmetrical face or chiselled jawline.
Source: Seek

WA unions set for fight on penalty rates (24/08/2015)
WA’s peak union body has vowed to resist moves by the Barnett Government to cut penalty rates as part of broader efforts to deregulate Sunday trading.
Source: The West Australian

Uniqlo to trial 4-day work week with 10-hour days (24/08/2015)
Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, Theory, and J Brand, will offer a four-day work week to about a fifth of its workforce starting in October.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

For $22k, law firm will mentor grads to practising certificates (24/08/2015)
A legal firm will offer graduates the chance to buy themselves a job for $22,000 once a review into the business model is completed.
Source: The Australian