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Building deal doubts as MBA asks "where are the productivity gains?"

The Master Builders Association has labelled as "the most restrictive in decades" a CFMMEU draft agreement seeking annual 5% pay rises and increased allowances, questioning the union's capacity to negotiate without offering productivity gains.

Union laments no-worker deal termination's "substantial" effect

In a decision traversing some of the challenges of protecting hard-won conditions in a difficult commercial environment, the CFMMEU has failed to block the termination of a construction deal no longer covering any workers after the company argued its uncompetitive terms and conditions hampered its ability to win new contracts.

Esky-throwing excavator drivers compensated for sacking

Two excavator operators who allegedly belittled trainees with "foul tirades" that left them so shaken one walked off the job have won compensation, the FWC finding their dismissal was procedurally unfair.


Dismissed after not hiring GM's daughter, claims HR manager

An HR manager is accusing an electric vehicle tech start-up of making her redundant in retaliation for complaints about possible award breaches and her objection to hiring the general manager's daughter as her assistant.

Put names to dismissal decisions, FWC tells employers

A senior FWC member has cautioned companies against sending dismissal decisions "up the line" without revealing the final signatory's name, observing such opacity could influence whether the process is found to be fair.

Ex-employee brought case to promote advocacy business: Judge

An ex-security officer turned industrial advocate has given undertakings not to commence any further Federal Circuit Court proceedings against his former employer, a judge holding that he used a back payment claim to promote his services and represent others without the standing to do so.


Pay equity settlement "to ripple across the nation": Union

As more than 18,000 NSW public school administrative and support staff vote on a settlement to their gender equity claim said to boost annual pay by up to $13,500, the PSA and Department of Education are nutting out the degree to which they will jointly acknowledge the gender element.

Lawyer not sacked for political stance: Court

The Federal Court has upheld a lawyer's dismissal after he strongly criticised clients of his firm in a newspaper opinion piece, the judge finding his contract "expressly" stipulated both parties could terminate the relationship without cause on three months' notice.