IR/Employment news, 02/03/11

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IR/Employment news, 02/03/11

Retailer faces court over alleged underpayment; ALP’s modern awards a failure says Abetz; ACCI & IRU partner to boost graduate skills; LHMU and name change to United Voice.

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Retailer faces court over alleged underpayment; ALP’s modern awards a failure says Abetz; ACCI & IRU partner to boost graduate skills; LHMU and name change to United Voice.
 
Retailer faces court over alleged underpayment
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the operators of a Brisbane computer hardware retailer for allegedly underpaying one of its workers almost $6000.
 
Facing court are Wi-Man Pty Ltd and Macquarie Technology Group International Pty Ltd. Also facing court is Paul Desmond Wallace, a director, shareholder and manager of the companies.
 
The two companies have imported and distributed computer hardware, mainly wireless modems for radio devices.
 
Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane allege Mr Wallace was involved in the companies underpaying an accountant $5946.
 
It is alleged the accountant was employed by Wi-Man from September 2006 to June 2008, and by Macquarie Technology Group International from July 2008 to April 2009.
 
Wi-Man allegedly failed to pay the employee $1408 in accrued annual leave entitlements on termination in June 2008. Macquarie Technology Group International allegedly failed to pay $3593 in accrued annual leave entitlements on termination in April 2009 and wages of $945.
 
 
ALP’s modern awards a failure says Abetz
 
‘Revelations that thousands of Australian workers are being ripped off under Labor’s so-called “modern awards” is further evidence that Julia Gillard and Labor simply cannot be trusted,’ Senator Abetz said.
 
‘Under Labor’s new laws childcare workers, aged care nurses, bar staff and funeral workers have lost entitlements and had their pay cut.’
 
‘Despite Ms Gillard’s ironclad promise that “no worker would be worse off’under Labor’s Fair Work Laws, even the unions now admit that workers have had wages and conditions ripped away from them and that Labor’s modern awards scheme is deeply flawed.’
 
‘Today the ACTU and the LHMU have confirmed that Ms Gillard’s much vaunted promise was a lie,’ Senator Abetz said.
 
‘These workers, who are some of the lowest paid in the country, will now be forced to commence expensive and complex legal action in the courts simply to recover what Julia Gillard and Labor has taken away from them — just to get back to where they were 18 months ago.’
 
 
ACCI & IRU partner to boost graduate skills
 
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Innovative Research Universities today launched a national partnership to encourage business and universities to work together to provide industry relevant experience to boost the skills and employability of graduates.
 
Senator Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs & Workplace Relations launched the partnership and released a suite of case studies that showcase the partnership in action with state and territory chambers of commerce working with IRU universities in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
 
‘These two organisations are undertaking a national project to boost graduate employability and encourage universities and employers to work together to offer more student work experience placements,’ Senator Evans said.
 
‘This partnership will help students better understand workforce requirements and provide employers with graduates who are more work-ready.’
 
Working together, ACCI and IRU have developed the suite of seven case studies from a range of businesses across Australia: 
  • Worley Parsons, in conjunction with Murdoch University and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
  • VDM Consulting, EcOz, in conjunction with Charles Darwin University and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Northern Territory
  • Yorkey’s Knob Boating Club, in conjunction with James Cook University and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • DHI, in conjunction with Griffith University and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • Allandale Winery, in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, Hunter Business Chamber and the NSW Business Chamber.
  • Greater Shepparton City Council, in conjunction La Trobe University with Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • Comunet, in conjunction with Flinders University Business SA
 
‘The business leaders represented by ACCI, joined together with the IRU universities in this project because we all value a university education that is enhanced by practical experience that contributes to workplace productivity and positive outcomes for both students and industry,’ said Professor O’Connor.
 
 
LHMU and name change to United Voice
 
The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Unionis changed its name to United Voice on 1 March 2011.
 
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