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Created Wed 29/07/2015, Last Updated Wed 29/07/2015

China Free Trade Agreement campaign: Sturt poll shows Pyne would lose seat in a landslide

A poll of voters in the seat of Sturt conducted this week shows Christopher Pyne would lose his seat in a landslide if a candidate from popular South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon's team ran against him.

And the poll shows a dramatic drop in support for the Liberal Party in Sturt - irrespective of whether a Xenophon candidate contested.

The poll, conducted by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to gauge worker attitudes to the China Free Trade Agreement, finds that voters in Christopher Pyne's seat are overwhelmingly opposed to the Agreement. It finds:

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Created Mon 27/07/2015, Last Updated Mon 27/07/2015

Federal Court finds in our favour on payment of annual leave

In a significant win for workers, a full bench of the Federal Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal by Centennial Northern Mining Services in regard to payment of accrued annual leave on termination.

Employers must pay annual leave on termination at the same level of payment that the employee would have received had they taken the annual leave whilst employed - regardless of the terms of any enterprise agreement.

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Created Sun 26/07/2015, Last Updated Sun 26/07/2015

CFMEU backs ‘first ever’ dedicated agency to support workers in any climate change transition

CFMEU National President Tony Maher today seconded a resolution at Labor’s National Conference to develop an Electricity Modernisation Strategy to manage change in the electricity sector, which is being driven by both global and domestic forces.

Mr Maher said the electricity sector had been changing for decades with declining growth in electricity generation driven mainly by lower manufacturing output, increased energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV, but industry restructure planning has never been done well.