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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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  • 07/05/18--23:59: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj, rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Contact: (02) 8587 7454. Chief Journalist: Emily Woods, emily.woods@tr.com . Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    A Qantas roll-out of a controversial GPS-enabled rostering app has hit a snag with the maintenance engineers' union telling members to bin company-supplied iPads unless the software's employee-tracking “spying features” are disabled. Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers' Association (ALAEA) federal secretary Steve Purvinas told Workfo...

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    The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is taking on Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng, threatening to unleash “chaos” on his Port of Darwin operations unless workers get a 3% a year wage increase. The MUA - now the maritime division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union - has slammed Cheng-owned Port of Darwin leasee Landb...

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    Collective bargaining could be a panacea for stagnant wages in the world's wealthiest countries where pay increases remain flat despite economic growth and falling unemployment, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has said in its latest economic outlook. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said the OECD's fin...

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    Queensland's opposition leader says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to step in and help resolve Aurizon workers' “militant industrial action” to prevent economic harm to the state. “The RTBU [Rail Tram Bus Union] shouldn't be holding Qld's royalties hostage,” state Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington said on p...

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    WFD: Central Queensland coal trains could “grind to a halt” as 60 control room workers strike for 24-hours against freight rail operator Aurizon's workplace deal, the Rail Tram Bus Union (RTBU) says. The union told Workforce Daily workers were refusing to sign up to an “inferior” enterprise agreement (EA) that was “sim...

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    WFD: A Perth construction labour hire company is facing legal action for allegedly misclassifying its labourers as independent contractors, and underpaying workers aged as young as 16, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) claims. The FWO said its investigation began after a fatal workplace accident at an East Perth site in 2016. The agency is pursing Pers...

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    WFD: In a significant decision on how many undertakings are too many for an enterprise agreement (EA) to be approved, a five-member Fair Work Commission full bench has junked an EA that included five pages of undertakings. The bench - Vice Presidents Adam Hatcher and Joe Catanzariti, Deputy President Val Gostencnik, and Commissioners Tim Lee and Ka...

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    Aurizon faces more pressure to return to the bargaining table after rail controllers rejected its proposed workplace deal, by a margin of 41 votes. The EA ballot result, released to Workforce Daily on press day (July 9), will mean Central Queensland control room workers will continue taking industrial action this week - including a 24-hour strike t...

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    More than 70 bus routes will be disrupted tomorrow (July 10) as hundreds of Victorian bus drivers strike to express “genuine and widespread outrage” over CDC Victoria's wage offer, the Transport Workers' Union says (TWU). The union said the 24-hour strike was the first of its kind in 20 years. The Vic Government contracts CDC to provide...

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    In a sordid tale including allegations of teachers making homemade porn and sending nude selfies to each other, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSWIRC) has upheld the sacking of a deputy principal who conducted a selection panel that recommended his lover be promoted. In a case where the names of the teachers and the school have been kept ...

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    Waterfront organiser Paul Petersen has been elected assistant secretary of the Queensland branch of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) section of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union. Petersen, who had been the MUA's Central Qld organiser for the past three years, saw off challenges by Michael McLennan and Robert Maguire for th...

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  • 07/08/18--23:10: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj, rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Contact: (02) 8587 7454. Chief Journalist: Emily Woods, emily.woods@tr.com . Managing Editor : Helen Jones/Peter Schwab. Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Federal Full Court judges have confirmed union right of entry (RoE) to workplaces “during mealtime or other breaks” doesn't include before and after a shift. The Full Court - Justices Justice David O'Callaghan, Darryl Rangiah and John Reeves - upheld Justice Geoffrey Flick's August 2017 decision against the Construction Forestry Maritim...

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    A Hertz worker has been ruled fairly dismissed for lying about his work experience on his resumé, after the Fair Work (FW) Commission found he “intentionally misled” his employer to believe he had “a history of stable, long-term employment”. The cmn found Charles Tham left out employment history due to “either being te...

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    A Sydney hair and beauty salon has entered into an extensive enforceable undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), agreeing to donate to the legal centre that helped its workers claim back their underpayments. Ohmed Pty Ltd, operator of OKS Hair and Beauty Salon at Lidcombe in western Sydney, has agreed to back-pay seven workers more tha...

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    In a significant decision on the ‘access period' notice given to workers before voting on an enterprise agreement (EA) can validly take place, a Fair Work Commission (FWC) full bench has ruled it must be seven clear calendar days. The bench has controversially junked a major construction project deal for missing the cut by a matter of hours. ...

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  • 07/09/18--23:35: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj, rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Contact: (02) 8587 7454. Chief Journalist: Emily Woods, emily.woods@tr.com . Managing Editor : Helen Jones/Peter Schwab. Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Controversial ex-Fair Work Commission vice president Graeme Watson has surfaced with a stinging rebuke of enterprise bargaining deal-making, saying the system is too easily gamed by unions to overturn deals they don't like. In an opinion piece published by Fairfax Media on press day (July 10), Watson said the “real effect” of technical ...

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    The Fair Work Commission has allowed federal workplace minister Craig Laundy to call key witnesses in the Australian Government's attempt to thwart the approval of a controversial Metropolitan Fire Board (MFB) enterprise agreement (EA) in Victoria. Deputy President Val Gostencnik ruled he would allow evidence from former Country Fire Authority (CFA...