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SA teachers strike as Queensland counterparts weigh "landmark" offer

As the SA Government warns public school teachers that no amount of singing John Farnham songs and waving placards in a strike this week will garner a larger pay rise, the Queensland Teachers' Union is likely to call off a stoppage following a "landmark" offer.

Employer can ask claustrophobic tradie to work in enclosed spaces: FWC

A multinational "people flow" company can require a tradesperson with severe claustrophobia to transfer from an escalator repair team to an elevator repair team, the FWC has found, while cautioning that its approach to accommodating his condition would be considered if he returned with an unfair dismissal claim.




Manager cleared of bullying, but could have shown more foresight

The FWC has thrown out a bullying claim from an employment consultant who felt aggrieved by his manager's approach to a colleague's "dad jokes" and accused his manager of sexually harassing him by touching his shoulder during a discussion about political correctness.

Sacking by text not "generational", just plain callous: FWC

A long-serving industrial tribunal member has taken aim at an employer's claim that summarily sacking a worker by text was a "generational thing", describing the method as "unconscionably undignified" while insisting that dismissals should always be conducted face-to-face.

Workforce newsletter closes down

After more than 45 years, groundbreaking IR news service Workforce has today published its last issue.


Deal approved despite union's concern over undertakings

In a decision clarifying the extent to which employers can address shortcomings in order to finalise an agreement already voted on, the FWC has approved a black coal deal opposed by the CFMMEU after accepting it would not be "substantially" changed by 14 undertakings.