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Court orders aggravated damages for s-xual harassment

A law firm's principal solicitor must pay $170,000 in damages after subjecting a paralegal to months of s-xual harassment that included a "bombardment" of inappropriate emails, coerced hugs and veiled threats that her employment depended on them starting a relationship.

Pilots' union makes new bid to expand turf

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has revived an application to expand its rules to allow it to retain members who move to Qantas mainline, after the FWC a year ago rejected it because of a technical error.

McManus urges Setka to resign

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has told CFMMEU construction and general division Victorian branch leader John Setka that he should stand down from his position in the broader interests of the union movement.

UK inquiry seeks to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements

In a finding that might influence Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' inquiry into sexual harassment, a UK parliamentary inquiry has recommended legislating to outlaw non-disclosure agreements that restrict "legitimate discussion" of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Delegates call for CFMMEU leaders to back Setka

Delegates from the CFMMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch have endorsed the leadership of John Setka and called for the union's national secretaries to make a public statement in support of him.

Tribunal backs sacking over unlawful industrial action

The FWC has upheld a Qantas subsidiary's sacking of a worker who made a deliberate, pre-meditated decision to participate in unprotected industrial action that delayed flights and led to some departing without any catering onboard.

Labour hire licensing scheme revived in SA

South Australia's Marshall Liberal Government will tomorrow re-open applications for its labour hire licensing scheme, after failing to scrap the regime.

Reliance on web access sinks 13% deal

In the latest FWC decision contemplating whether "minor" procedural or technical errors stand in the way of approving an agreement, a senior tribunal member has shot down a deal that delivered workers a 13% pay rise but relied on them accessing the underlying award via the internet.

Setka defying calls to stand down

Embattled CFMMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has vowed to remain in his position even if he is found guilty of criminal charges this month.

Woolies' mass redundancies spark union outcry

The SDA has lodged an FWC dispute questioning whether thousands of Woolworths redundancies are genuine and claiming the retailer failed to adequately consult on the restructure, which RAFFWU has labelled "cover" for roster changes designed to circumvent penalty rates.