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Meatworker's safety shortcut warranted the chop, says FWC

An experienced meatworker's impulse to help out a stressed colleague without taking safety precautions prescribed by his employer's "cardinal rules" justified severing his employment, the FWC has found.

Fahour says he was protecting manager, not pandering to union

Former Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour says he was acting out of concern for his national compensation manager's welfare rather than acceding to union demands when he sacked him and shut down his cost-saving project the same day he received a call from an "angry" union leader with whom he'd previously had hostile exchanges.

FWC makes recommendation to bring peace to Griffin Coal

The AMWU has welcomed an FWC recommendation to end the long-running maintenance dispute at Griffin Coal and put a proposed agreement to the workforce, calling the package a "common sense middle ground" and a "sensible solution".


FWC backs dismissal of safety officer

The FWC has upheld a building company's sacking of a safety officer who insisted his job was limited to an advisory capacity despite repeated warnings that he was to rigorously enforce safety across sites.

Court throws out obese worker's adverse action claim

The Federal Circuit Court has rejected the adverse action claim of an obese security officer who accused his employer of unfairly targeting him, transferring him to a position he physically could not perform in another city and then sacking him because he challenged a proposed enterprise agreement.

CSL immune to misleading conduct, adverse action claims

An operations director who claimed a biotech giant offered her a job "until retirement" has failed to establish that it engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct or that it took adverse action by retrenching her the following year.

Union awaits ruling on challenge to record fine

The NSW Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on the PSA's challenge to a record $84,000 fine for contravening court orders and pressing ahead with a Valentine's Day strike in protest at the State Government's plans to privatise disability support work.

High Court refuses special leave to challenge entry ruling

The High Court has refused to grant special leave to appeal a full Federal Court finding that a CFMEU official needed a federal entry permit to assist a health and safety representative when he was invited onto a construction site under Victorian OHS laws.

FWC lacks power to consider council's cross-bullying claims

The FWC has found that because an Adelaide council is not a constitutional corporation the tribunal cannot deal with cross anti-bullying orders sought by its acting chief executive and one of its elected councillors, but it says other councils might be trading corporations covered by its jurisdiction.