The administrators of Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd have recommended the company be put into liquidation next week, opening the way for hundreds of sacked workers to be paid under the Federal Government's Fair Entitlements Guarantee.
The AWU is calling for the corporate regulator to investigate whether Queensland Nickel breached corporations laws and whether owner Clive Palmer is acting as a "shadow director", as part of the union's push to secure members' outstanding entitlements.
The Federal Circuit Court has questioned why the FWBC chose not to prosecute the director of a phoenixed bricklaying company that failed to pay correct pay and entitlements to several "daily hire" workers.
A court has ordered former directors of related liquidated companies to compensate a construction worker for underpayments owing under a modern award and its state predecessor, finding that the Fair Work Act's remedy provisions extend beyond employers.
A chief financial officer who is seeking $1m in damages for wrongful dismissal from his bankrupt employer will have to compete with other ordinary creditors for the funds, after the Federal Court ruled the sum is not a "retrenchment payment" under corporations law.