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Clubs fail in bid to can award, cut penalty rates

An FWC full bench has rejected Clubs Australia's bid to cut penalty rates for more than 100,000 workers by revoking the industry award and folding it into the hospitality award, describing the attempt as inflicting "economic harm" without any countervailing benefits.

Employee compensated for "callous" post-merger dismissal

An accounts officer who returned from leave to find her desk had been cleared has been awarded $7690 in compensation for her employer's "callous act" in making her redundant without any warning or consultation.

Husband's Slack attack no reason for dismissal: FWC

The FWC has lambasted an employer's outdated views on marriage after it sacked an IT specialist whose husband railed against its managing director via team messaging application Slack, but nonetheless slashed her payout by $56,000 on re-hearing her unfair dismissal application.

Contested election for crucial AMWU branch

The long-serving secretary of the AMWU's influential West Australian branch, Steve McCartney, is facing a challenge from former organiser Scott Williams in an election that opens next month.

Teacher on abuse charge challenging "automatic" dismissal

A union is challenging the WA Department of Education's belief that teachers automatically repudiate their employment if they receive interim negative working with children notices upon being charged with an offence, before their cases are decided in court.

Allow harassment cases to go straight to court, say lawyers

Workplace sexual harassment complainants should be able to bypass the Human Rights Commission and pursue claims directly in the courts, while they should have six years rather than six months to lodge their applications, according to two legal sector submissions to the national inquiry into sexual harassment.

Industrial strife imminent at container ports

Protected industrial action will start at DP World's four container terminals on Friday in the form of work bans, followed by rolling stoppages in individual ports from next week.