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Ex-union leader sics ROC on successor, asks for "full force of the law"

A public stoush over representation of flight crew has hit the tarmac, with ousted FAAA national division secretary Andrew Staniforth calling on the ROC to pursue maximum penalties against his successor over statements about his new employee representation company.

Lloyd resigns in wake of alleged code breach

The Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd, has resigned two weeks after Senate Estimates heard that he faced an allegation of breaching the public service code of conduct.

Biggest minimum wage hike since 2010 "unlikely" to hit jobs: FWC

The Fair Work Commission today reaffirmed its view that modest and regular minimum wage increases won't sabotage a robust employment landscape, representing this year's 3.5% hike as an "opportunity to improve relative living standards of the low-paid".

News Flash: Award wages up by 3.5% from July 1

The Fair Work Commission has this morning granted award-reliant workers a 3.5% increase, lifting the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week or 64 cents an hour in this year's annual wage review ruling.


Late second medical opinion no basis for overturning sacking: FWC

In upholding the dismissal on medical grounds of a prison officer who was later declared fit, the FWC has noted his union gained permission to obtain a second opinion but also assisted him in making an ill-fated decision not to pursue it until after his termination.

Technology won't protect gig workers from themselves: Airtasker

One year into a landmark agreement between Airtasker and Unions NSW to improve pay and conditions, the company's chief executive Tim Fung has told a Senate inquiry the platform's technology is not up to the task of ensuring adherence to minimum pay and licensing requirements.

FWC imposes stringent conditions on employer's legal representation

A senior FWC member has approved an employer's request for legal representation in a dismissal case, but not before requiring hearings be conducted in private, that he be free to provide "appropriate" guidance to the unrepresented former worker, and that he retain the power to revoke permission if the lawyer complicates proceedings.


Blackmail committal dates set for union leaders

The Melbourne Magistrates Court has today set down a 13-day committal hearing on blackmail charges against Victorian CFMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon to start on May 7.