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FWC extends time after "true hardship"

A senior FWC member has extended time for an unfair dismissal claim for a retail worker dealing with domestic violence, illness, homelessness and a lack of funds, acknowledging her "true hardship, genuine struggle the likes of which I do not often see".

Porter promises pragmatic package of IR changes

Any IR legislative package introduced by the Morrison Government after the working groups process will be pragmatic, balanced and realistic and won't be ideologically-driven, IR Minister Christian Porter told employers in WA this morning.

FWC backs BHP's expulsion of defecating worker

The FWC has upheld BHP's sacking of a mineworker who twice defecated in an active drill hole, despite finding it unavoidable on one occasion due to his urgent and explosive diarrhoea.

Premature to consider troops on docks: PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a dispute between Patrick and MUA hasn't got to the point where it would be necessary to consider bringing in troops to ensure continuity of supply.

Universities reject "wage theft" allegations

Universities have sought to blunt an NTEU campaign that alleges there is widespread "wage theft" in the tertiary education sector, telling Senate "unlawful underpayments" inquiry in a wave of submissions that the claims are unsubstantiated.

Enterprise union not genuine: UWU

The UWU has objected to the registration of a new enterprise union at a Victorian food manufacturing company, arguing it is not a genuine association to protect members' interests and its proposed rules imply employer influence or control.

FWC to hear Patrick bid to end protected action

The FWC will this week hear an application by stevedore Patrick to terminate the MUA's protected action at its four container ports, while IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed he will intervene in support of the company.


Bench partially upholds disbarred lawyer's appeal

An FWC full bench has held that it is not empowered to rule on a disbarred lawyer's claim that a senior member is unfit to hold office, but has remitted his unfair dismissal case to another member after finding he was denied procedural fairness.

No insistence on AWA revival in IR groups: Employers

A key employer group has rejected ACTU claims that business interests advocated the re-introduction of Work Choices-style AWAs in the Morrison Government's IR working groups.