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Tardy underpayment claim foiled by new deal

A worker's tardy pursuit of claimed underpayments under an old agreement has failed, the FWC agreeing with the employer that it lacked jurisdiction once a new deal was approved.

Unions urge PM to deliver economy-boosting wages "kickstart"

ACTU leader Sally McManus has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, asking him to implement a three-point plan that would lift aggregate annual wage growth from the current level of about 2.3% to about 3.5%.

Casual worker questions see big employer granted legal assistance

A large employer has for the second time in a year successfully argued that disposition of a matter before the FWC would be best served by it being permitted to engage an external lawyer to argue against a self-represented worker, given its admitted lack of expertise in IR matters.

PM pushes for collaborative workplaces

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will ask IR Minister Christian Porter to review the IR system with a view to expunging barriers to "shared gains" for employers and employees, while he has also reiterated the Government's commitment to reintroducing the "ensuring integrity" legislation to target "thugs in militant unions".



FWO abandons Foodora pursuit

A fortnight after deciding not to take compliance action against Uber, the FWO has dropped its Federal Court action against Foodora on the basis it would be "highly unlikely" to garner additional payments for its former workforce or penalties against the company.

School justified in sacking "extravagant" management family: FWC

The FWC has thrown out the unfair dismissal claims of a family accused of running a private school like they owned it and improperly spending more than $1 million on overseas trips, loan repayments and cash payouts while granting themselves substantial "back pay" and bonuses.


Porter retains Watson as key advisor

New federal IR Minister Christian Porter has retained former FWC vice president Graeme Watson as his senior IR advisor.