CANBERRA – Employers are boycotting contract talks with the Australian Mfg. Workers' Union. More than 1,100 contracts, many of them in the automotive components sector, expire between April and June. The union wants an industry-wide, 3-year contract that includes a 36-hour workweek and acceptance of a National Entitlements Security trust that protects employees of failed companies. The Australian Industry Group is opposed to pattern bargaining, where the union seeks to have a number of ...

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