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Meat union pursues future-proofing rule change

The AMIEU is seeking to change its rules so it can cover a future sub-sector of the meat industry that currently employs no workers in Australia and involves no slaughtering of animals.

Survey shows dual-earners up, incomes down; & more

HILDA release shows dual-earners up, incomes down; New senator seeks whistleblower protections for visa workers; and Grattan leader calls for greater enforcement, including jail.



Bench starts hearing bid to disentangle overtime from casual loading

An FWC full bench has today begun hearing unions' bid to "disaggregate" overtime rates from casual loading in a range of awards, with employers arguing that an increase in casuals' overtime rates would reduce participation in the workforce.

"Severe reaction" to sacking excuses late filing: FWC

In a decision clarifying the degree to which workers can rely on their state of mind to justify late applications, the FWC has granted an extension to a cleaner "incapacitated" by stress after making serious allegations about her former colleagues.


Public servants' class action grounded

The Federal Court has dismissed a multi-million dollar class action against Airservices Australia by senior public servants, ruling they were not covered by agreements that would have delivered far superior entitlements.

Government department denied worker natural justice

In a decision probing the practical application of natural justice and procedural fairness principles in a public transport provider's disciplinary process, the FWC has held that it fell short in concluding that a tram driver tried to "wilfully mislead" an investigation.