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More underpayment woes for Wesfarmers

The Fair Work Ombudsman will investigate $9 million in underpayments by Wesfarmers subsidiary Target, along with other recent wage scandals involving major employers.

Employer's blood-alcohol limit change "impermissible"

A tribunal has upended a large transport company's "unilateral" decision to change to zero its blood alcohol policy limit for contracted owner-drivers, finding a toolbox meeting and noticeboard postings did not meet the governing agreement's consultation requirements.

Glazier's dismissal ruling lacked reflection: Bench

An FWC member must rehear the unfair dismissal claim of a glazier sacked for frequent absences following surgery, a full bench finding he failed to consider whether the employer notified the worker of reasons later found to be valid or gave him a chance to respond.

No acceleration in pay rises: ABS

Growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses remained stagnant at the end of last year, but continued to outpace inflation, according to ABS data released today.

Porter blasts "slack" Coles as underpayment legislation looms

Coles has outed itself as the latest major Australian employer to underpay employees millions of dollars over an extended period, just as the Morrison Government today confirmed plans to introduce legislation imposing jail terms for the worst cases of exploitation.

"Undermined" members contributing to union's crisis: Paper

The AMWU's failure to reverse falling membership despite a succession of growth strategies highlights the limitations of "organising" to counter external threats, according to research suggesting members can themselves become a barrier to renewal.

Stevedore was weighing no-automation terms, claims union

The MUA has hit back against DP World Australia's bid to outlaw industrial action at its container ports, claiming the stevedore agreed to consider signing a deed preventing automation and outsourcing provided it had an end date.

Government revisits code to solve building site conflict

Companies tendering for government construction projects could soon face greater pressure to rein in union militancy, after IR Minister Christian Porter today called for ideas on how to add more bite to the national Building Code.


Private sector pay rises ease again

Bargained wage rises in the private sector dropped to 2.7% a year in the September quarter, according to newly-released Attorney-General's Department data that also shows some large retail employers are starting to tie increases to the FWC's annual review.