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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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    The High Court has reserved its decision on whether unions are able to represent non- members who haven't requested union help - but are covered by the union's eligibility rules. Airline operator Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) is seeking to overturn a ruling by a Federal Full Court (FCAFC) upholding a Federal Circuit Court (FCC) decision a...

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    Department of Human Services (DHS) employees have ended a three year enterprise agreement (EA) dead lock with 71% of those that participated having voted up the Government's latest proposal. Workers have accepted the govt's pay increase of 6% over three years under its controversial bargaining policy ( WF 11/11/2016 ). But they have won family frie...

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    The Federal Court has penalised 61 Laing O'Rourke Construction Australia Pty Ltd (LOR) workers, the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), and one of its delegates and a former organiser $145,950 in total after workers refused to work at the Ichthys project in the NT. The court hit the 61 workers $91,500 all up for carrying out unlawful...

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    Vulnerable Workers Bill provisions that apply to “culpable head offices” will commence October 27, the Federal Government has said today (September 15). It has called on employers to visit the Fair Work Ombudsmen website to ensure they are prepared for the new laws. The laws will make franchisors and ‘holding companies' which have...

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  • 09/14/17--23:59: Costs order slashed to $507
  • A Fair Work Commission full bench has slashed a costs order against an unsuccessful unfair dismissal appellant to 15% of the $3,384 the employer sought (ie $507), “given the deliberate choice” of NSW Trains to unnecessarily incur costs. Sacked rail worker Mohammed Ayub had sought permission to appeal an earlier FWC finding rejecting his...

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    Strike action at Catholic systemic schools looks set to begin in coming weeks after the Fair Work Commission rejected the employer's argument its teachers were barred from taking action as it had offered them a multi-enterprise agreement (MEA) for schools across all its Dioceses ( WFNSW 11/08/17 ) . The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations ...

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    WFD: Nigel Hadgkiss has resigned as commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) on Wednesday (September 13) after he admitted at the Federal Court on Sept 12 he breached s503 of the Fair Work Act for disseminating false right of entry (RoE) information to industry participants. A penalty hearing was scheduled for Sept...

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    Aviation workers are holding protests at airports around the country today (September 18) over alleged low wages and conditions, which they claim threaten safety and security. The protests come as a Transport Workers' Union (TWU) commissioned report claims Australian workers will lose $100 billion in retirement savings over the next 27 years due to...

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    Some 395 workers transferring toNokia Solutions and Networks Australiawillnot be covered by their former employer's enterprise agreement (EA) despite the Fair Work Commission (FWC) finding the work to be performed was “substantially the same”. Despite Professionals Australia (formerly APESMA) presenting a petition signed by 96 of the 39...

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    An ex-Moonee Valley Racing Club worker charged by police because he had threatened to kill co-workers has lost his bid to win an extension of time to file an unfair dismissal application. New Fair Work Commission (FWC) Deputy President Ian Masson ( WF 14/07/2017 ) found Manoj Ellikuttige's circumstances were not so “out of the ordinary”...

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    The Australian Industry Group (AiG) has called on the Victorian Government to move the State's pre-grand final “footy Friday” public holiday (September 28) to the Monday after the big event. AiG Vic head Tim Piper said the holiday should be moved to bring it into line with state holidays in NSW, Qld, ACT and SA. He said considerable cos...

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  • 09/18/17--16:50: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Gerard May. Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab, peter.schwab@tr.com and Ph (02) 8587 7681. Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The High Court has reserved its decision on whether unions are able to represent non- members who haven't requested union help - but are covered by the union's eligibility rules. Airline operator Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) is seeking to overturn a ruling by a Federal Full Court (FCAFC) upholding a Federal Circuit Court (FCC) decision a...

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    The Federal Court has penalised 61 Laing O'Rourke Construction Australia Pty Ltd (LOR) workers, the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), and one of its delegates and a former organiser $145,950 in total after workers refused to work at the Ichthys project in the NT. The court hit the 61 workers $91,500 all up for carrying out unlawful...

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    The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) has thrown a grenade at rival the Shop Distributive Allied Employees Union (SDA) claiming the proposed Coles' enterprise agreement (EA) that it bargained for and has endorsed has cut “many conditions”. RAFFWU said even those Coles workers who would now earn more than the award - including ...

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    The Fair Work Commission full bench has struck out four of 10 union-proposed protected action ballot actions by workers at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC), after finding they were not “industrial” action - disagreeing with a six-year old full bench precedent also involving the council. As part of an enterprise bargaining campa...

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    Shadow workplace relations minister Brendan O'Connor has revealed Labor has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for an independent inquiry into Nigel Hadgkiss's appointment to head up the building industry watchdog, given Minister Michaelia Cash revealed she had known about his breach of the law for approximately 12 months. Hadgkiss ...

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    Non-clinical health professionals working with jailed prisoners should be paid the same special allowances as their nursing colleagues, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has found. Commissioner John Murphy found the NSW Ministry for Health (MFH) had acted arbitrarily and without “rational consideration” when it ruled only cl...

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  • 09/18/17--23:10: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Gerard May. Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab, peter.schwab@tr.com and Ph (02) 8587 7681. Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The Fair Work Commission full bench has struck out four of 10 union-proposed protected action ballot actions by workers at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC), after finding they were not “industrial” action - disagreeing with a six-year old full bench precedent also involving the council. As part of an enterprise bargaining campa...