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Employer seeks anti-strike order after COVID-19 walkout

Spotless has applied for orders stopping alleged industrial action at a Melbourne industrial laundry where workers have raised safety concerns after two of them returned positive COVID-19 tests.

Victorian workplaces under virus strain

Victoria's COVID-19 resurgence is causing upheaval across the state's workplaces, with high test results among health and aged care workers forcing the Federal and State governments to introduce emergency staffing measures.


Workplace blitz looming in Melbourne as masks become mandatory

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has criticised a law firm that experienced a coronavirus outbreak for refusing to allow employees to work from home, as Melbourne prepares for an inspection blitz in response to workplaces emerging as the key transmission point for the hundreds of daily cases.

Fortescue, Atlassian push for share scheme changes

The major iron miner Fortescue Metals has called for the income tax exemption ceiling for employee share schemes to be lifted from $1000 to $5000, arguing the cap is too low to provide a "meaningful incentive".

Tribunal orders A-G's to make FEG retrenchment payment

The AAT has overruled the Attorney-General's Department's refusal to make a FEG redundancy payment to a worker who claims she stayed on at the administrator's request to help with winding-down a failed company, but then had her retrenchment payout denied when employee numbers fell from 60 to below the eligibility threshold of 15.

MUA pursuing docks deals as COVID-19 hits trade

The MUA has vowed to press ahead with bargaining at four stevedores despite employer resistance to its policy stance against automation and outsourcing of work.

Tribunal lauds employer's handling of safety-shy worker

The FWC has upheld the "scrupulously fair" sacking of a second-in-charge installation worker over multiple safety breaches, including some so fundamental he should not have needed training to prevent them.

Safety rep sacked for "non-event" ignored critical protocols: FWC

In a decision highlighting the importance of strictly following safety procedures, the FWC has upheld Griffin Coal's sacking of a safety representative over an incident he considered a "non-event" and an investigation team deemed minor.