Academics and unions have told the aged care royal commission that the IR system and the federal government are playing lead roles in keeping the industry's front-line workers undervalued and underpaid, while they also claim that employers failed to pass on previous subsidies to increase wages.
New Zealand will consider enabling unions and employers to charge a bargaining fee for non-members under a new system of fair pay agreements that would mandate minimum rates and conditions across low-paid industries.
The FWC has admonished a BHP subsidiary for taking a "haphazard" approach to its disciplinary guidelines, finding it had a valid reason to sack a mineworker for her "deviant" conduct when she put a s-x toy in a colleague's carry-on baggage, but procedural failings made it unfair.
New Zealand's peak union body is calling for the Labour-led coalition government to move more quickly to introduce fair pay agreements, which would mandate minimum pay rates and conditions across low-paid industries.
The FWC has rejected the "post fabricated" inventions of a supermarket owner found to have sacked a casual shop assistant because he preferred workers from Asian-speaking backgrounds, ordering full compensation despite claims it would destroy his business.
In a decision reinforcing the need for employers to maintain timesheets, a court has more than doubled the restitution a family-run business must make despite questions of credibility about the sponsored couple claiming underpayments.