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NZ might permit bargaining fees

New Zealand will consider enabling unions and employers to charge a bargaining fee for non-members under a new system of fair pay agreements that would mandate minimum rates and conditions across low-paid industries.

Tribunal scolds BHP for procedural fairness defects

The FWC has admonished a BHP subsidiary for taking a "haphazard" approach to its disciplinary guidelines, finding it had a valid reason to sack a mineworker for her "deviant" conduct when she put a s-x toy in a colleague's carry-on baggage, but procedural failings made it unfair.

Give us the money or labour stats suffer: ABS

The head of the ABS has warned that statistics on the labour market, the economy and population will be at risk if the agency is hit with more funding cuts.

Unions press Ardern on fair pay deals

New Zealand's peak union body is calling for the Labour-led coalition government to move more quickly to introduce fair pay agreements, which would mandate minimum pay rates and conditions across low-paid industries.

Boris to ensure UK workers get tips; & more

Boris to ensure UK workers get tips; CPSU installs youngest-ever leader; RTBU leader set to be NSW ALP general secretary; and Setka appeals ALP expulsion decision.

Explanation for racially-motivated sacking "fabricated": FWC

The FWC has rejected the "post fabricated" inventions of a supermarket owner found to have sacked a casual shop assistant because he preferred workers from Asian-speaking backgrounds, ordering full compensation despite claims it would destroy his business.


Employer's underpayment hit doubled for missing paperwork

In a decision reinforcing the need for employers to maintain timesheets, a court has more than doubled the restitution a family-run business must make despite questions of credibility about the sponsored couple claiming underpayments.

"Vague" task list no basis for sacking over productivity: FWC

In a decision highlighting the perils of relying on nebulous performance measures to assess productivity, the FWC has ordered an IT company to compensate an employee dismissed after being assigned a "vague" To Do list.

IR manager targeted as CFMMEU counter-sues in entry case

Ahead of Federal Court hearings into ABCC claims that two CFMMEU officials breached entry laws at a Melbourne freeway project in 2017, the union is suing the head contractor and its IR manager for obstructing their efforts to investigate suspected safety breaches.