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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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    Victoria International Container Terminals (VICT) says it is tallying up a damages bill to the tune of $100m plus as an alleged illegal picket at its Webb Dock container terminals continued at press time. The company confirmed the picket - allegedly masterminded by the Maritime Union of Australia with support from the Construction Forestry Mining E...

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    On Monday (December 4) the Senate has passed a Government bill with Opposition amendments to reverse the Fair Work Commission's (FWC) cuts to penalty rates, with Labor, Greens and crossbench support. The amended bill will now go back to the House of Representatives (HoR), with Labor urging Nationals MP George Christensen to maintain his support for...

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    Hospitality workers are being encouraged to rate and review their employers on a new "TripAdvisor-style website" launched by United Voice (UV) on press day. However the body representing hospitality employers, Restaurant and Catering Australia (RCA), has slammed the website, saying it is a "trolling tool" for disgruntled former employees. UV says t...

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    Huffington Post Australia says the company consulted with staff "at the earliest opportunity", when it announced an end to its joint venture with Fairfax Media last week. HuffPost announced on November 29 it was ending its two-year joint venture with Fairfax, and redundancies would occur. On Friday Workforce Daily reported HuffPost workers had "exp...

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    About 10,000 railway workers are voting on strike action after the Fair Work Commission approved NSW rail unions' application to vote on industrial action over "poor pay and conditions". Unions NSW assistant secretary Thomas Costa said the protected action ballot was an opportunity for Sydney Trains (ST) and NSW Trains (NSWT) workers to "send a str...

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  • 12/07/17--22:10: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalists : Steve Andrew, Rajiv Maharaj, John Reynolds. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Contact (02) 8587 7681 or peter.schwab@tr.com . Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    A massive unions-supported protest was underway at Webb Dock at presstime as the so-called community protest - or picket line and blockade - against Victoria International Container Terminals (VICT) reached 12 days. ACTU secretary Sally McManus attended the rally today wearing a ‘change the rules' t-shirt. The rally, supported by the major un...

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    The Fair Work Commission has moved to reassure women miners while urging extra employer vigilance after reinstating a veteran mine technician sacked for allegedly groping a mine's first female trainee on the bottom. Commissioner Paula Spencer ordered Anglo Coal trading as Anglo American to reinstate Vincent Wilson, after finding no clear proof he m...

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    Glencore has stitched up enterprise agreement deals (EA) at 13 out of 14 of its coalmines, the company has confirmed to Workforce . The 150-day plus lockout of 190 workers at its Oaky North mine is the exception. The company extended the lockout for a further two weeks on Tuesday, with the long-running and often bitter dispute ( WF 6/10/2017 , WF 1...

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    Coal mining sector industrial action, in particular the lock-out at Glencore's Oaky North mine ( see above ), have distorted the latest days lost to industrial disputes figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week. The ABS figures showed there were 45,900 working days lost due to industrial disputes in the September quarter 201...

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    A Caltex service station in Sydney's inner west is facing the Federal Circuit Court over allegations it falsified records of wage rates paid to overseas workers. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) says it requested documents from the Caltex Five Dock franchise through a notice to produce as part of an audit last year. The service station provided contra...

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    An enterprise agreement (EA) redundancy “sticking point” between Ausgrid and combined unions has been settled “in principle”. A United Services Union (USU) member update said the unions and Ausgrid had agreed to redundancy caps of 250 workers a year from July 2020, rather than uncapped redundancies Ausgrid had insisted on ( ...

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    The cricket players' union says it will canvas players on whether they want to play on Christmas Day. The Australian Crickets Association was responding this morning (December 8) to a media release by Cricket Australia about the possible scheduling of Big Bash games on Christmas Day. ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said the evidence “c...

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    At presstime, Victoria International Container Terminals (VICT) was in the Victorian Supreme Court seeking an injunction against Vic Trades Hall Congress secretary Luke Hilakari. Stuart Wood QC is representing VICT in a hearing that started at 3pm. VICT believes Hilakari played a central role in organising a massive protest at Webb Dock last Friday...

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    MUA national deputy secretary Will Tracey accused VICT of running a “campaign of lies”. In a statement shortly before presstime, Tracey said the worker at the centre of the dispute (see VICT seeks Webb Dock injunction above) was granted the required maritime security identification card MSIC security clearance on Friday (Dec 8). “...

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    Unions say they will champion the need for a penalty regime in a Modern Slavery Act set to go to Federal Parliament for enactment early next year ( WF 8/09/2017 ). In a statement this morning (December 11), ACTU President Ged Kearney claimed early feedback suggested the Coalition Government will not support a penalty regime when the legislation goe...

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    A safety officer sacked for not meeting the enforcement requirements of his job was not unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission has found. Anthonie Nieberg was appealing his 2017 sacking by the Heran Building Group Pty Ltd, trading as Heran Building Group. Nieberg's unfair dismissal application to the cmn claimed his role was to advise the com...

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    The Fair Work Commission has tossed out an application for an unfair dismissal remedy after a refrigeration industry worker repeatedly ignored dates for hearing the matter and told the cmn to “do your job and stop bothering me”. Shane Spencer sought a remedy after Emerald Refrigerated Logistics sacked him. The application was listed for...

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    MUA national deputy secretary Will Tracey accused VICT of running a “campaign of lies”. In a statement shortly before presstime, Tracey said the worker at the centre of the dispute (see VICT seeks Webb Dock injunction above) was granted the required maritime security identification card MSIC security clearance on Friday (Dec 8). “...

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    Unions say they will champion the need for a penalty regime in a Modern Slavery Act set to go to Federal Parliament for enactment early next year ( WF 8/09/2017 ). In a statement this morning (December 11), ACTU President Ged Kearney claimed early feedback suggested the Coalition Government will not support a penalty regime when the legislation goe...