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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 Fair Work Commission has slammed a union's claim for more than $214,000 in backpay for four former duty managers at an outback social club, saying it was "misconceived" and didn't consider the impact on the local community and 80 other employees if the well-frequented establishment were to close. Deputy President Peter Sams made the sharp ...

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    WFD: Labor says it will tackle insecure work and create more full time jobs on the island state, with two weeks of campaigning left before the Tasmanian election on March 3. Shadow workplace relations minister Sarah Lovell said if elected the party would "keep jobs in Tasmania" and invest in regional economic development to create more jobs. "Too m...

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    WFD: An Australian Post employee sacked for charging his co-workers fees to act as workplace representative has lost a Federal Court bid for reinstatement. Aust Post sacked postie Quentin Cook in December 2015 after it discovered he had set up a private company which operated concurrently to his employment, and which charged co-workers fees for ind...

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    WFD: A far right activist has been found guilty of contempt for not removing a video from social media showing him wearing a Toll uniform while abusing former Senator Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Toll Transport took Neil Erikson, who has links to Patriot Blue and United Patriots Front fair right groups, to the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) in Dec...

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    WFD: A Fair Work Commission full bench has thrown out a worker's bullying appeal, saying "prejudice" and stress caused by a lawyer's presence during the determinative conference was not of "sufficient merit" to warrant an appeal. The full bench -Vice President Peter Hatcher and Commissioners Paula Spencer and Jennifer Hunt - said following on from ...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a forklift driver who used his mobile phone on the job despite repeated warnings not to do so due to health and safety. Ceres Natural Foods sacked Jason Hansen in October last year. Hansen had worked for the company for seven years and was on a final warning for previous indiscretions. He was ...

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    WFD: ACTU secretary Sally McManus will speak at the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA) biennial federal council meeting on press day(February 23). The two-day meeting will see members vote for new council members as well as presidents and vice-presidents of the five constituent sections of the MEAA - Media, Equity, NZ Equity, Entertainment, C...

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    WFD: Increased productivity, more exports and a greater capacity to get into new markets are all needed to boost employment and wages, Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says. Speaking on February 19, Westacott criticised the lack of incentives for businesses to invest further in Australia. "Wages go up when companies ...

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    WFD: Just weeks out from the first round of the National Rugby League (NRL), it has settled an unfair dismissal claim by a veteran referee sacked without explanation after 25 years in the game. Chris James sacking at age 40 allegedly came shortly after a meeting in which the NRL praised his performance and work. James was the second oldest referee ...

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  • 02/22/18--23:10: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj, rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Chief Journalist: Emily Woods, emily.woods@tr.com . Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Contact: (02) 8587 7681. Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    In the latest blue involving employer hard-ball enterprise agreement (EA) negotiations, unions have slammed both the Fair Work Act's EA termination provisions and the group of miners behind Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) for its bid to tear-up its EA with the mining & energy union. Fair Work Commission Deputy President Jonathan Hamberger star...

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    Coles Group has secured a stop industrial action order against the National Union Workers (NUW) after telling the Fair Work Commission continued unprotected industrial action at a Brisbane distribution centre could cost $10m a day. More than 200 stores impacted NUW members walked off the job at the Parkinson Coles Distribution Centre(CDC)on Tuesday...

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    Unions have lost a bid to stay Aerocare's split shift proceedings in the Federal Court, after the court ruled the case could continue as there was “no abuse of process”. The court found the issues around split shifts were “fundamental to any new enterprise agreement” (EA) to be negotiated between Aerocare and its workers, ...

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    The National Australia Bank (NAB) will meet with the Finance Sector Union (FSU) in the coming weeks to discuss future skills requirements and workforce planning, Workforce understands. NAB chief people officer Lorraine Murphy said the bank “values” its relationship with the union, and will continue to consult them about proposed workfor...

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    The gender pay gap in Victoria's public service is 12%, with men earning on average $10,197 more than women last year, and 29% of female workers sitting at the bottom end of the pay scale, a report has revealed. The Victorian Public Sector Commission report, released this week, has shown that while 67% of workers in the public sector are women, onl...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission has shot down a union bid to have academics paid overtime for unsupervised, self-directed research activities. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) told the cmn's full bench four-yearly review of higher education sector modern awards that academics often worked above and beyond a 38-hour week, with the extra ho...

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  • 02/22/18--23:10: Wages slowly edge up
  • WFD: Latest ABS figures have revealed a second consecutive quarter of growth, though one apparently driven by Victorian public sector deals. While seasonally adjusted private sector wages rose 1.9%, public sector wages rose 2.4% through the year to December quarter 2017. Vic had the highest yearly increase at 2.4%, with Northern Territory the lowes...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission is responsible for resolving any conflict in medical opinion on a worker's capacity to do the job - not the employer, a full bench has found. In any dismissal related to the person's capacity, s387 (a) of the Fair Work Act requires the cmn to consider and make findings as to whether, at the time of dismissal, the appli...

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    WFD: A dispute that threatened to derail voting on a new enterprise agreement covering Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) officers in Victoria has ended, with the MFB agreeing to amend a controversial explanatory memorandum in the agreement (WF 9/2/2018 ) . The United Firefighters Union (UFU) claimed the MFB and the Vic Government had misled firefight...

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    Boeing Aerostructures Australia's workers at the Fisherman Bend plant will vote on protected action in a ballot closing on March 22. Boeing Aerostructures is the country's only designer and manufacturer of advanced composite aerostructure components for commercial aircraft. Neither the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union nor Boeing were willing...