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Cost of tugboat masters' strike too great: Tribunal

An "excellent" expert's assessment that tugboat masters' planned protected action could cost the economy hundreds of millions has proved instrumental in convincing the FWC to suspend nationwide strikes.

Company flouted child work laws: Inspectors

Victoria's wage inspectorate is prosecuting a company that makes digital learning programs for young children for 48 breaches of the State's child employment laws when it allegedly engaged 23 minors under 15 without obtaining mandatory permits.

Employer negotiated "minefield" of hiring ex-cons: FWC

The FWC has acknowledged the "minefield" faced by employers hiring workers with criminal records, in a decision upholding a supermarket chain's dismissal of an employee who objected to working alongside a s-x offender.

Bribery accusation potentially criminal, warns FWC

A FWC member has warned a hotel quarantine worker that he might have committed a criminal offence by accusing her of colluding with Victoria's health department and claiming it offered her a bribe to reject his general protections claim.

Sacked hours after surrogacy parental leave notice: Claim

A sales director allegedly dismissed just five hours after he told his chief operating officer that he intended to take unpaid parental leave on the birth of his two surrogate children is seeking compensation and a pecuniary penalty for alleged unlawful adverse action, but the company says the claim is baseless.

Territory public sector deal quashed after error comes to light

An FWC full bench has today acceded to the NT Government's request to overturn the approval of its main public sector agreement that covers 13,000 employees, after it lodged the wrong version of the deal with the tribunal.

Qube misrepresented LSL entitlements: Union

The MUA is suing Qube and its IR general manager over alleged reckless misrepresentations that wharfies do not accrue long service leave from their earlier periods of casual employment and that it is calculated according to hours rather than years of service.

Bunnings sacked me for harassment in former job: Claim

An accountant previously held to have s-xually harassed a supervisor is now challenging his dismissal from a new job as a pricing coordinator at Bunnings, accusing it of discriminating against him with "outright vengeful intent" when it became aware of his history.

Court declines to stay RTBU charges against official

The Federal Court has refused to grant an injunction against the RTBU's national executive hearing charges brought under the union rules of alleged "gross misbehaviour" by a Victorian-based official.