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Paramedics split from United Voice

The leadership of the union representing Victorian paramedics and ambulance workers has resigned and broken away from United Voice.

Rebel retail union opposing Big W deal

The first new agreement for Big W employees in seven years has been sidelined, after unregistered retail union RAFFWU opposed its approval in an FWC telephone hearing today.

"Gay-branded" worker gains access to comparator's texts

A vehicle technician who claims he was subjected to discrimination when called "gay" and a "wog" in the workplace has won access to text messages sent to a proposed comparator to help him build his case.

Employer efficiency issues didn't make redundancy non-genuine

The FWC has rejected a service manager's attempt to establish that his dismissal did not constitute a genuine redundancy, finding the employer was under no obligation to address its business efficiency issues when it put him off.

UK ruling casts secret recordings in new light

In the age of ubiquitous mobile phones, covert recordings of meetings by employees don't necessarily irreversibly damage trust and confidence in the employment relationship, a UK IR tribunal has ruled.

Company can't choose union bargaining representatives: FWC

In the midst of rolling stoppages across DP World's container terminals in four cities, the FWC has told the company to comply with its good faith bargaining obligations by dropping its objection to the participation of an injured MUA WA branch delegate in negotiations for the Fremantle deal.


Judge's "hostility" towards employer cruels landmark FWO case

A landmark contempt finding and accompanying jail sentence hailed as proof of the FWO's commitment to justice has been overturned by a full Federal Court that found the ruling judge's "open" hostility to the underpaying employer compromised his ability to consider the evidence.

All half-pay maternity leave doesn't count towards service: Court

The AFP did not discriminate against a police officer seeking to have 32 weeks of half-pay maternity leave count towards her service, the Federal Court finding the relevant agreement's intention was only to cover full-pay periods.

Cross-claim hits "clearly dishonest" chief executive

The long-serving former chief executive of a Queensland charity is more than $30,000 out of pocket after securing a minor win as part of his wrongful termination case but being labelled "dishonest" in his employer's successful cross-claim.