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March 2018

05/03/2018

Unions Are Not Above The Law

Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have […]

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Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have taken throughout the world, in Nazi Germany, in a whole lot of places”. Not only are these comments offensive, they are completely reckless coming from the head of Australia’s union movement.
26/03/2018

Government to extend family and domestic violence leave

The Turnbull Government will ensure that up to a further six million workers covered by the Fair Work Act will have access to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year. This follows a decision by the independent Fair Work Commission today to provide 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave […]

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The Turnbull Government will ensure that up to a further six million workers covered by the Fair Work Act will have access to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year. This follows a decision by the independent Fair Work Commission today to provide 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year to up to 2.3 million people on modern awards. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, and the Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the Government welcomed the Commission’s decision, which followed careful examination of the issue.
27/03/2018

Killarnee Decision Affirms Amerind On Workers’ Entitlements

The Australian Government has secured directions from the Full Federal Court of Australia in a judgment this week that maintains protection of workers’ entitlements where their employer is an insolvent corporate trustee. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said the Federal Court’s directions in Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors […]

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The Australian Government has secured directions from the Full Federal Court of Australia in a judgment this week that maintains protection of workers’ entitlements where their employer is an insolvent corporate trustee. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said the Federal Court’s directions in Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors Pty Ltd has confirmed the priority for workers, noting the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery Program’s recent success in appealing the 2017 decision in Amerind Pty Ltd (which confirmed that the priority for employees will also apply in the Victorian Supreme Court).
05/03/2018

Unions Are Not Above The Law

Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have […]

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Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have taken throughout the world, in Nazi Germany, in a whole lot of places”. Not only are these comments offensive, they are completely reckless coming from the head of Australia’s union movement.
09/03/2018

CFMEU fined again for building-site lawlessness

In yet another example of the endemic lawlessness of the CFMEU the Federal Court has today handed down fines totalling $817,500 against the union and its officials after they were found to have illegally shut down two major Brisbane worksites in 2013.

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In yet another example of the endemic lawlessness of the CFMEU the Federal Court has today handed down fines totalling $817,500 against the union and its officials after they were found to have illegally shut down two major Brisbane worksites in 2013.