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Union fails in costs claim against "busybody" employee

The NSW IRC has decried an HSU state branch's "adversarial" approach in refusing to award costs against an industrial officer who sought a review of a regulator's decision scrapping improvement notices that claimed union employees might be exposed to "psychological hazards".

DP World cuts jobs; & more

DP World cuts 200 jobs as industrial action bites; CEO paid nanny $2.33 an hour, says FWO; Australia's minimum wage the world's highest in 2018; Sustainable energy inquiry to consider displaced workers; Follow NSW model to empower Uber drivers, says TWU.

Coalition to consider freeing APRA from APS bargaining rules

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has agreed to consider easing public sector bargaining restrictions imposed on the Australian Prudential Regulatory Agency, as it struggles to attract and retain a skilled workforce in the face of high salaries on offer in the private sector.

FWC rejects nursing union's bid for state deal

The FWC has thrown out an ANMF scope order bid for Victorian employees of a national aged care provider to be covered by a separate agreement, finding the company was willing to make "substantial" concessions to preserve workers' conditions before bargaining stalled.

FWO undertaking requires chef to spruik compliance message

Celebrity chef George Calombaris must complete seven public-speaking engagements encouraging workplace compliance and his hospitality empire will make a "contrition" payment, as part of a novel enforceable undertaking signed after the FWO exposed underpayments of more than $7 million by the company he founded.

Gold explorer seeks to undermine GM's $1M claim

The Federal Court will allow a gold mining company to file a cross-claim that could provide a "complete answer" to an alleged general manager's bid for more than $1 million in unpaid wages, but it must first pay any costs he has thrown away as a result of its unreasonable conduct.

Unions seek to stymie novel BHP deals

Mining unions are opposing approval of two proposed four-year BHP Billiton agreements that they say use an in-house labour hire model to pay coal mineworkers 30% to 40% less than they receive under union-negotiated agreements, while also denying them guaranteed pay rises.

Worker's ostrich-like approach defeats extension bid

The FWC has refused to grant a 1383-day extension to a casual Coles employee who was notified of his dismissal almost two years after working his last shift in 2014 but failed to contest it in time because he "put his head in the sand".

Pelican feeder's "disproportionate" sacking reversed

In a matter at the outer limits of the FWC's universe that involved close analysis of the expletive "effin'", the tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of a pelican feeder who works one hour a week.