The Federal Court has ordered an accountant to pay $476,000 in damages for sexual harassment, rejecting his argument that the relevant laws didn't extend to him as a contractor and that corridors and areas near lifts should not be counted as part of a "workplace".
A Fair Work Commission full bench has ruled that there is nothing in the Fair Work Act that prohibits discriminatory industrial action, and has quashed orders stopping NTEU work bans that affected overseas students only.
Qantas chair Leigh Clifford told the HR Nicholls Society last night that Work Choices might have swung the IR pendulum too far to the right and that employers at the time had pushed for change that went beyond what the public would accept, while one of the senators who will hold the balance of power next year said he wanted employers to be able to pay workers less than the minimum wage.
HSU acting national secretary Chris Brown told the Victorian Magistrates Court today that the union's national executive was hit with a "bombshell" four months after Craig Thomson's departure when it was told the union was broke, minutes of national meetings were missing and an initial audit had uncovered numerous financial irregularities.
Qantas will axe 1,000 jobs over the next year, cut the pay packets of its chief executive and board and freeze executives' wages and scrap their bonuses as it faces losses of up to $300 million in the first half of the financial year.