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Stay up to date with the latest cases, legislative developments, legal news and policy materials with Alert24 from Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited. Access to and use of Alert24 is conditional on your acceptance and compliance with the Alert24 terms of use. © 2009 Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited or its licensors and © 2009 AAP or its licensors.
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    WFD: The Transport Workers' Union (TWU) is calling for food delivery companies to give their workers proper wages and entitlements, after the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) last week slammed the employers for sham contracting when underpaying a bicycle courier ( WF 03/11/2017 ). Two companies, Z Transport Pty Ltd and Boxbay Pty Ltd, were fined $72,000...

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    WFD: A 5%-over-two-years pay offer from federal court management to bring an end to strikes across the country has been “unanimously” rejected by union delegates, who will recommend a no vote to members. Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) deputy national president Rupert Evans has slammed the offer for being less than the governme...

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    WFD: After more than 18 months of sometimes bitter and protracted negotiations, James Cook University (JCU) and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have struck an enterprise agreement (EA) deal for 8.6% over five years. JCU had previously taken a direct offer to staff of just 6.6%, which was rejected by 58% of the 54% of employees who vote...

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    WFD: The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has rejected Murdoch University's new four-year pay deal for staff, slamming concessions sought by the university as “too onerous”. Having succeeded in having the old deal terminated in a decision that rocked the tertiary sector ( WF 01/09/17 ) , Murdoch last month tabled an enterprise a...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission has tossed out an enterprise agreement (EA) that said bar staff could “voluntarily” work weekends without penalty rates in exchange for two “substitute” days off during the week. Deputy President Ingrid Asbury said the company's statement it would pay penalty rates if employees had to work the s...

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    WFD: Victoria's industrial relations minister Natalie Hutchins is taking an immediate leave of absence from ministerial and parliamentary duties for “personal reasons”. Hutchins issued a statement on press day (November 14), announcing Luke Donnellan will act as IR and aboriginal affairs minister in her place. “My leave will take ...

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    WFD: The South Australian Government has reached an in-principle agreement with salaried doctors providing a 1.5% a year pay increase plus a 1% a year productivity bonus ( WF 27/10/2017 ). The deal with the SA Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) will go to a ballot of SA's salaried medical officers in December 2017. SASMOA had strongly o...

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    WFD: The Federal Court has slugged a Chinese restaurant, its owner/director and two senior staff close to $400,000 in a worker underpayment case Justice Robert Bromwich described as “essentially criminal in nature”. In agreed facts, NSH North Pty Ltd trading as New Shanghai Charlestown, company director John Chen, HR manager Sarah Zhu, ...

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    WFD: This Friday the High Court will decide whether to grant special leave to WorkSafe Victoria and the construction union to appeal a Federal Full Court finding that union officials must have a federal entity permit when invited by health and safety representatives (HSRs) to assist them on a work site. In June's Australian Building and Constructio...

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    WFD: Rolling strikes at Australia's federal courts are delaying court proceedings, with judges forced to adjourn their matters three times since industrial action started, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) claims. The parties were entering a bargaining meeting at 1.30pm on press day (November 13), with federal, family and federal circuit...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered Illawarra Coal subsidiary South32 to reinstate a construction union lodge official it sacked for leading an “undies protest” at the Appin Colliery coal mine in March. South32 sacked mine mechanic ‘drop your daks' Dave McLachlan for leading co-workers in a 10-minute protest over mine ...

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    WFD: A manager at a leading women's fitness retailer who alleged being bullied at work caused her psychiatric illness has lost a $570,000 damages claim after the court found she did not prove her case on the balance of probabilities. Queensland District Court Judge Gregory Koppenol found Amy Louise Robinson to be “a most unreliable witness...

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  • 11/16/17--21:50: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalists : Steve Andrew, Rajiv Maharaj. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Contact (02) 8587 7681 or peter.schwab@tr.com . Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    A union-led social media campaign calling for an ice cream boycott has reached one and a half million people in less than two weeks. The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) seems to have hit the sweet spot on Twitter and Facebook with their campaign to boycott Streets ice cream. Georgia Kriz, one of the three-member AMWU communications t...

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    In the latest twist in the long-running fight by a former police officer against his sacking as a fair work building inspector, the High Court has refused to intervene in his security for costs matter ( WF 9/8/2017 ). Refusing Brendan Ritson special leave to appeal against Federal Court Justice Berna Collier's order for him to pay $25,000 security ...

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    In a decision potentially saving the horticultural industry hundreds of millions of dollars, the Fair Work Commission has changed the Horticultural Award 2010 to specifically include workers who wash, pack, grade and dispatch produce before sending to market. The bench applied the change retrospectively for eight years. Unions - principally the Nat...

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    Men take home $26,527 more per year than women, according to workplace data released on press day (November 17). Every industry and occupation across the Australian workforce has a full time gender pay gap favouring men, with women earning on average just 78% of men's full time earnings, the 2016-17 Workplace Gender Equality Agency figures show. Pa...

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    Discretionary decisions cannot be appealed simply on the basis that an appellate tribunal would have decided it in a different way, a Fair Work Commission full bench has reaffirmed. Tossing out an appeal by employer Reliable Petroleum against a finding ordering the reinstatement of a truck driver sacked for speeding, Deputy Presidents Val Gostencni...

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    Almost half the workforce admits to exaggerating or falsifying expense claims, with 86% of workers saying their expenses were never challenged or declined, a report by Webexpenses has found. The changing nature of expense fraud report , released this week, gathered information through a survey of 4,000 workers from Australia, the UK, North America ...

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    Victorian traffic camera operators are not covered by any modern award for better off overall test (BOOT) comparisons, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found, because of the “semi-regulatory nature of the role”. The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) says this means those workers are left with insecure working hours, as part tim...