Author: Staff Writer

ex-ABCC chief hits taxpayers with $400,000 legal bill

Aussie taxpayers will soon face a bill of up to $400,000 for the legal bill of former ABCC chief Nigel Hadgkiss. Judge Berna Collier ordered Mr Hadgkiss pay $8500, to the CFMEU for contravening the Fair Work Act Unions attacked the $8500 penalty as “completely inade­quate”. Though supporters of Mr Hadgkiss said they were “furious” at the decision and would not rule out an appeal. ACTU president Ged Kearney said Mr Hadgkiss had been Senator Cash’s “hand-picked attack dog” and the public funding of his legal bill was a “tremendous waste of taxpayers’ money”. She called on Senator Cash...

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ACTU: Time to change the rules

The ACTU launched their “Change The Rules” campaign in Perth last night. “Change The Rules” seeks to push for pro-worker changes to the Fair Work Act. ACTU secretary Sally McManus said “The pendulum had swung too far toward big business and Australia needs a pay rise” Ms McManus said workers across Western Australia have had their pay and conditions stripped by laws that allow companies to terminate enterprise agreements, keep wages low, cut penalty rates, and support mass casualisation and wage theft. The ACTU will use the responses from the national survey of workers to identify the union movement’s...

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