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Michael Spence and Greg Craven top vice-chancellor pay rises (31/08/2016)
Vice-chancellors’ pay packets continue to skyrocket, with nine of them now with salary packages of more than $1 million. An analysis by the HES reveals that the average remuneration package paid to a vice-chancellor last year was $873,571, up $30,000 on 2014.
Source: The Australian

Malcolm Turnbull to offer changes for ABCC win (31/08/2016)
The Turnbull government is prepared to negotiate key changes to its signature bill to reinstate the building watchdog in a bid to win Senate crossbench support for the Coalition’s workplace relations agenda and gain a legislative victory before Christmas.
Source: The Australian

PwC staff play Pokemon GO, but not for the same reasons others do (31/08/2016)
Playing Pokemon Go is as much about the joy of trying to catch 'em all as it is about her day job of looking after the wellbeing of staff at PricewaterhouseCoopers for Anna Isnard. The senior consultant sees the augmented reality game as the perfect way to encourage PwC staff and partners to be more active as they travel across the land, searching far and wide to find new Pokemons.
Source: Australian Financial Review

CEO pay falls to decade low (31/08/2016)
Banking and mining chief executives have tumbled out of the top 10 most highly paid bosses in Australia, as executive pay falls 5 per cent, its lowest level in close to a decade.
Source: Australian Financial Review

More than nine out of 10 ASX100 chief executives got a bonus in 2015: ACSI (31/08/2016)
More than nine out of 10 chief executives of Australia's biggest 100 listed companies pocketed a bonus last year, the highest proportion since the global financial crisis, new figures show. And among these bosses who received a performance bonus on top of their fixed salary, the typical size of the payment was 76 per cent of the maximum amount available.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

7-Eleven's 'laughable' claims it's on top of wage fraud irk lawyers, Allan Fels (31/08/2016)
Claims made by 7-Eleven that its new wages compensation panel was processing claims faster than the former Fels Wages Fairness Panel that it controversially replaced in May have been discredited by lawyers as "laughable".
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Sold out: quarter of a million workers underpaid in union deals (31/08/2016)
Australian workers in retail and fast-food outlets, including Woolworths, Hungry Jack's and KFC, are being underpaid more than $300 million a year, in a national wages scandal centred on deals struck with the shop assistants union.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Young workers treated poorly, fear being ripped off, says ACTU (30/08/2016)
Many young workers are treated poorly, receive no training and are concerned they are not being paid properly, according to research commissioned by unions. ACTU president Ged Kearney said the survey of more than 500 workers aged 18 to 24 painted a “disturbing picture of youth ­employment’’.
Source: The Australian

Pauline Hanson offers hope for ABCC bill (30/08/2016)
Pauline Hanson has provided the government a ray of hope that she will back its proposed industrial relations bills, as she hits out at “union thuggery” and flags a pro-business approach in parliament.
Source: The Australian

CFMEU organiser Luke Collier bullied inspector (30/08/2016)
Construction union organiser Luke Collier has been convicted of attempting to intimidate a government building inspector after a magistrate labelled his ­behaviour as “cowardly, bullying, disgusting and disgraceful’’
Source: The Australian

Scott Morrison needs to rethink public sector superannuation (30/08/2016)
It was always going to come out that the real rorts and costs in the superannuation system are the public sector defined benefit superannuation schemes. Just ignore Scott Morrison’s assurances that “commensurate measures” will ensure the privileged ones on defined benefit schemes will be treated like everyone else; it’s complete twaddle and he knows it.\
Source: The Australian

Coles pay deal forces union rates retreat (30/08/2016)
The shop assistants union has been forced to drop its decades-old practice of trading off penalty rates for higher base rates of pay in the wake of the Fair Work Commission’s rejection of its controversial deal with Coles.
Source: The Australian

Pre-tax super plan to hit six times more workers than $500,000 cap: ASFA (30/08/2016)
The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia has warned that trimming annual limits on pre-tax contributions will hit six times as many savers as a new $500,000 cap on after-tax top-ups.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Brewery workers withdrawn from CUB amid harassment, safety fears (30/08/2016)
A major labour hire company providing fill-in workers to Carlton and United after the sacking of a brewery's entire maintenance crew has now cut ties with the beer giant.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Rogue operators, scandals put future of skills training under threat: CEDA report (30/08/2016)
The future of vital skills training is under threat in Australia because of plummeting enrolments and a few rogue operators tarnishing the reputation of the sector, a new report has found.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Public servants urged not to panic after superannuation returns plunge (30/08/2016)
Tens of thousands of public servants and retirees have been urged not to panic after their super returns took a huge plunge in the past financial year.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Bureau of Meteorology staff begin strike action as 'last resort' (29/08/2016)
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) staff from across the country are set to begin a fortnight of industrial action following failed pay negotiations.
Source: ABC

Author Tegan Dowler encourages more women into male-dominated industries (29/08/2016)
Moving dirt and digging holes might not seem like the perfect prospect for some. But for Eilish Brenton, a future in earthmoving is looking bright, and not just because of the high-visibility clothing. Ms Brenton is one of an increasing number of women changing the shape of traditionally male-dominated industries.
Source: ABC

Enterprise bargaining set to boldly go way of the dodo (29/08/2016)
Is it the end of the road for enterprise bargaining? You may be surprised that I am even posing this question. Most people probably assume that enterprise bargaining is a central feature of our industrial relations system and this isn’t going to change.
Source: The Australian

‘Amicable end’ to Transport Workers Union’s saga of dysfunction (29/08/2016)
Michael Aird used a highly unusual authority to verify his fitness for normal duties last month when he tried to end a formal suspension and return to his job. His colleagues were bewildered when the suspended NSW boss of the Transport Workers Union relied not on the opinion of a doctor but a sexologist. Since stepping aside in April during an internal investigation into “harassment allegations” against him, Aird had been seeking help from Sydney sexuality therapist and relationship counsellor Susie Tuckwell.
Source: The Australian

Fix workplace laws: Australian Industry Group (29/08/2016)
Industry is demanding Malcolm Turnbull deliver his government’s long-delayed response to the Productivity Commission’s review of workplace laws after the industrial umpire stood by its decision to ­reject an enterprise agreement because of a minor procedural error.
Source: The Australian

Gadens offers six months paid parental leave (29/08/2016)
Gadens is offering staff six months paid parental leave, the highest of any law firm in a bid to retain women partners. Primary caregivers, who have served a minimum of 12 months, will have access to the 26-week paid leave scheme.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Westpac accused of bullying Sydney manager (29/08/2016)
Westpac has been accused of bullying a Sydney manager for more than two years before firing her because she had a pyschological issue and a back injury.
Source: Australian Financial Review

An inconvenient year for 7-Eleven (29/08/2016)
Earlier this year, in the months after the country's biggest corporate wage fraud scandal was exposed in a joint media investigation by Fairfax Media and 4 Corners, 7-Eleven told Ren it would not be renewing her franchise agreement, due to expire in November but brought forward to end on August 30.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Fears over rise in migrant workers killed, injured in industrial accidents (29/08/2016)
Documents obtained by Fairfax Media expose rising concerns from the federal government's top job safety officials about an "almost certain" increase in injuries and fatalities among poorly paid migrant workers.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Carlton and United Breweries worker agreement was voted on by three casuals (26/08/2016)
The enterprise agreement that sparked an ongoing industrial dispute at the Carlton and United Breweries' (CUB) Abbotsford plant in inner Melbourne was voted on by just three casual workers in Perth, two years ago.
Source: ABC

The Remarkable Woman founder Shivani Gopal wants to close the gender gap (26/08/2016)
She was a rising star in financial services, but Shivani Gopal was faced with an awful dilemma: keep working with a client who had licked her face, or avoid him and sacrifice her business?
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Border Force crackdown: Illegal blueberry farm workers detained on NSW Mid North Coast (25/08/2016)
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has detained 34 Malaysian citizens, including two children, working on a blueberry farm north of Coffs Harbour. The farm is allegedly part of an underground labour hire syndicate, hiring illegal foreign workers in the coastal town of Woolgoolga.
Source: ABC

Morrison needs to do more on reining in public service pension rorts (25/08/2016)
The public servants’ defined benefit superannuation scheme has become one of the greatest scandals in the nation. We desperately need a parliamentary inquiry (some would say a royal commission) into the way the salary setting system has been manipulated in a way that is costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars.
Source: The Australian

The perception gap at the Australian public service (25/08/2016)
Federal public servants are a dedicated lot – and every year the evidence piles up to show it despite all the political turmoil, staffing cuts and turnover, unresolved wage bargaining and agency changes. The Australian Public Service Commission has released the first batch of results from its annual employee census for 2015-16.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Labor's bullying laws turned on union pickets (25/08/2016)
Carlton & United Breweries has for the first time used the Fair Work Act's anti-bullying laws to ban union officials from using the words "scab", "rat", "dog", "f---wit" or "c----". However, an inflatable rat nicknamed "Scabby" has thus far escaped censure.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Fruit pickers paid a pittance, forced to work five weeks straight (25/08/2016)
A national labour hire agency that provides workers to farms across Australia has exploited dozens of Pacific migrants, in the latest cases of mistreatment under the government's scandal-plagued seasonal work visa scheme.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Male executives need to stop spitting the dummy when women get promoted on merit (25/08/2016)
Senior men in Australian business were twice as likely to rank other men over women as effective problem-solvers, despite believing that women were as capable as men in delivering outcomes.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Job security and flexibility - a key to addressing the gender gap (25/08/2016)
Sally Collins was red in the face and swearing on the inside when she was told she could not do her senior management job part-time. That was 10 years ago before she was able to finally convince her former boss she did not need to work full-time to do her job, long before she joined NAB.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

To make your staff rich is glorious decides vitamin king Marcus Blackmore (25/08/2016)
China's demand for its vitamin products helped the company more than double net profit to more than $100 million for the 2016 financial year and boosted its staff bonus to the equivalent of 44 days pay. This equates to a bonus of more than 17 per cent of base pay for each worker.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald