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Meatworker seeks $125K after alleged job trim

A meatworker is suing his employer for more than $125,000 as part of an adverse action claim that it took him off knife-work and reduced his position because he sought to recoup years of alleged underpayments.

ACTU expected to shed jobs in restructure

The ACTU is in the midst of restructuring operations at its Melbourne HQ, causing disquiet in its workforce ahead of job cuts expected by the end of the year.


Senior FWC member resists bench's recusal advice

A senior FWC member has sought to contain the fall-out from a full bench decision recommending those conciliating a matter should automatically cease arbitrating it if a party objects, observing that simply sending an email citing the case does not guarantee success for such requests.

Cop wins job back after unreliable positive drug test

In an important ruling on drug and alcohol testing, an NSW IRC full bench has dismissed the State police commissioner's challenge to the reinstatement of an officer sacked for returning a positive result to a hair follicle test.

Employers, unions on unity ticket on "Folau" Bills

The Morrison Government's proposed religious discrimination bills have raised concerns among major employer groups and unions over how they will operate in the workplace.

University seeks damages from "whistleblower" academic

Murdoch University is seeking compensation for a dip in international student enrolments and damage to its reputation in a cross-claim against an academic who is accusing it of retaliatory adverse action over alleged public interest disclosures to the media.

"Waste of public resources" to continue jailed worker's case: FWC

The FWC has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim by an IT worker who is in prison until at least August next year and is suffering a mental illness, finding he "is not in a position, physically or mentally, to prosecute his case" and keeping it on foot "flies in the face of the efficient use of public resources".

Court penalises MUA for "sympathy strike"

The Federal Court has today imposed $36,000 in fines for a "sympathy strike" last year by MUA members at Patrick Stevedores' Port Botany container terminal.