Employers push to cut pay, hours

EMPLOYERS have expanded their push to cut minimum working hours – in one case to as little as 90 minutes a day for school students – and to slash weekend pay for casuals.

They are also moving to abolish evening penalty rates and to narrow the definition of ”shift work”, according to submissions to a major review of the awards system being conducted by Fair Work Australia.

Union counters claims by failed car parts maker

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says claims it sabotaged the restructure of a Melbourne car parts maker are wrong. The former management of the company APV Components claims union organisers refused to negotiate on redundancy entitlements, leading to the company calling in the receivers yesterday. More