Written by Workforce NSW editor Stephanie D’Souza. The Senate on Tuesday (August 18) passed NSW Greens Lee Rhiannon’s motion to call on the Federal Government to “intervene in the fate of BlueScope to save the steel industry in Port Kembla and 10,000 jobs”. Rhiannon said the Federal Govt needed to “urgently engage with this issue” ...more
WFD: The labour price index for the 12 months to the Dec quarter 2009 increased by 3.0% on trend terms, the ABS announced on Feb 24. Deputy PM & WR Minister Julia Gillard told the National Press Club the wages growth was the lowest since records had been kept.
During the GFC, workers who stayed in their jobs didn’t reduce their working hours, despite widespread govt and commentator claims that cuts in hours had helped stem job losses during the downturn, a new report has revealed.
Unemployment has increased to 5.8%, but companies are “increasingly positive” about staffing levels in 2010, says Drake Int’l head Matthew Tukaki. “Many are now at, or below, the minimum staffing level required to function effectively,” he said.
More than half (51%) of Aust employers don’t view contingent labour as a strategic part of their workforce, despite the fact the economy’s recovery phase will require employers to use contingent staff when demand begins to increase, according to a new white paper.
WFD: Just 14 (2%) of 693 AIRC termination of employment decisions last financial year resulted in reinstatement, according to its annual report. The 2% reinstatement rate compares to a 3% rate in the prior 12 months (18 out of 600 decisions [WF1695]).