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Boost wages by addressing workplace regulations: OECD

The Australian government needs to shake up the regulatory framework governing workplaces and competition if the country is to reignite wage growth and capitalise on the opportunities presented by the digital economy, according to an OECD report.

Sick chef's sacking "extraordinarily heartless"

A wholefood store that summarily dismissed a chef after a three-day absence for cancer treatment has failed to establish that he abandoned his employment, the FWC slamming its "extraordinarily heartless disregard".

Contrition over HR manager's silence needs more than words: FWC

In a penalty decision ordering the local arm of a global conglomerate to pay a further $20,000 to a supervisor unlawfully sacked by an HR manager within her probationary period, a court has cited the company's failure to find out more about the contravening conduct and whether it needed to minimise the risk of it reoccurring.

Blue collar super union plans head to FWC

United Voice and the NUW are pushing ahead with merger plans to create Australia's biggest blue-collar union, with almost 156,000 members and an organising model that seeks to tackle low-paid labour hire jobs as well as part-time and casual work.



Miner denied chance to address deal termination concern: Bench

The FWC will reconsider a mining company's bid to terminate an eight-year-old agreement covering no workers, a full bench finding a senior member gave it no opportunity to address his concern that it would not be in the public interest prior to talks with the CFMMEU.

Re-elected union leader claims mandate to lead climate action

Long-serving leader of Together Queensland, Alex Scott, says the success of his team in union elections gives it a mandate to campaign for a stronger worker voice on climate change, while its goal to raise $5 million over years will help it fight "hostile" government attacks on the public sector.