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Ombudsman Takes Degani Franchise Operator To Court

The operator of a Degani café in Melbourne’s north-east is facing Court after he allegedly used false records to conceal more than $12,000 in underpayments of staff, including teenagers and overseas workers. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Greenvale man Sajid Amin, who manages and part-owns the Degani outlet at Greensborough. Also facing Court is a company Mr Amin is a director of, SHMAP Group Pty Ltd, which holds a franchise agreement for the outlet with Degani Bakery Café Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Degani Australia Pty Ltd. It is alleged...

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CFMEU officials refuse to show entry permits, “I’m not dealing with a f—–g pen pusher”

Two union officials from the militant CFMEU have been found liable of breaching workplace laws. Both officials refused to show their right of entry permits when entering a work site and for swore at the person who asked to see them. When the Bendigo Theatre Project site manager asked CFMEU officials Nigel Davies and Alex Tadic to show him their right of entry permits in July 2014, they refused. The Federal Court of Australia heard that the site manager, Simon Ireland, told the pair they were welcome on the site if they showed him their permits, but if they...

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Wages growth is worse than the headlines claim

For once the headlines have been underplaying bad news. That stubbornly weak wage price index (WPI)? The reality is worse. The Reserve Bank’s quarterly statement on monetary policy, released on Friday, highlights two broader and arguably better wages measures that are tracking lower than the low WPI. And the RBA, like much of the rest of the world, remains uncertain about when and how the trend might change, clinging somewhat hopefully to the old economic textbook explanations while acknowledging the world has changed. The bank does have a hot tip on how to get a decent pay rise: change employer....

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Thousands of NSW school cleaners have a win in fight for job security

Thousands of cleaners have won a fight for greater job security after being warned they would have to reapply for their jobs for the first time in 24 years. The NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation last year notified United Voice, the union representing the cleaners, that employment guarantees in place since 1994 “will not be extended in the new contracts from 2018”. Following Fairfax Media reports on the issue, the NSW Government on Sunday said it would extend job guarantees to all permanent cleaners employed under the Whole of Government Facilities Management Contract. It means existing cleaners...

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Australian power prices worse than banana republics

Australia has power prices worse than a third world country, a global renewable energy guru says. “For a country that has a very high standard of living, stable economic situation and tremendous opportunities, it makes no sense at all for the price of power to be more than a banana republic,” the Australian head of global renewable firm SunEnergy1, and part-time racecar driver, Kenny Habul said. Speaking at the Bond Business Leaders Forum on the Gold Coast, Mr Habul said Australia needs to dramatically change its energy landscape in order to escape the energy price crisis, adding that there...

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