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FWC to set "living wage" under Labor plan

The Federal Opposition will announce today that if it takes power at this year's election, it will enable the FWC to determine what constitutes a "living wage" and to set a "fair and responsible" phasing-in period.

Employer pays for "sham" job proposal

A small employer must pay almost $15,000 to a former part-time worker it sacked for rejecting an "inflexible" full-time job proposal the FWC concluded had been designed to "get rid" of her.

ETU looking to supercharge casual leave test cases

The ETU is anticipating multiple backpay claims on behalf of thousands of labour hire and FIFO workers at resource, electrical supply and construction companies across Australia as part of a new campaign seeking to challenge their classification as casuals.

Workers' "voice" unfairly silenced: FWC

A labourer accused of undermining workplace morale has successfully challenged his dismissal following a confrontation in which the employer's managing director "eyeballed" him and said he was "finished".

Clubs fail in bid to can award, cut penalty rates

An FWC full bench has rejected Clubs Australia's bid to cut penalty rates for more than 100,000 workers by revoking the industry award and folding it into the hospitality award, describing the attempt as inflicting "economic harm" without any countervailing benefits.

Employee compensated for "callous" post-merger dismissal

An accounts officer who returned from leave to find her desk had been cleared has been awarded $7690 in compensation for her employer's "callous act" in making her redundant without any warning or consultation.

Husband's Slack attack no reason for dismissal: FWC

The FWC has lambasted an employer's outdated views on marriage after it sacked an IT specialist whose husband railed against its managing director via team messaging application Slack, but nonetheless slashed her payout by $56,000 on re-hearing her unfair dismissal application.

Contested election for crucial AMWU branch

The long-serving secretary of the AMWU's influential West Australian branch, Steve McCartney, is facing a challenge from former organiser Scott Williams in an election that opens next month.