In Today's Media

Aviation industry encourages pilots to come forward with mental health problems (29/09/2016)
Australia's aviation industry has been trying to change a culture among pilots of under-reporting mental health conditions, particularly since the issue came into the spotlight during the Germanwings disaster in March last year.
Source: ABC

ABC to put a ­proposed enterprise agreement directly to staff (29/09/2016)
ABC management will put a ­proposed enterprise agreement directly to staff, declaring negoti­ations with unions had reached an “impasse” after six months of talks. It is the first time since 1999 that the ABC has put a proposed workplace agreement directly to staff. In an email to employees, the ABC’s acting director of people, Rebekah Donaldson, said the ABC had made concessions and three offers to the Community and Public Sector Union during the negotiations.
Source: The Australian

Court bid to prevent CFMEU series of strikes (29/09/2016)
The national building watchdog is seeking a Federal Court injunction against the construction union and seven officials to try to stop a month-long series of strikes in Brisbane. Fair Work Building and Construction director Nigel Hadgkiss alleged the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union officials had targeted nine sites run by Queensland firm Hutchinson Builders.
Source: The Australian

Fair Work Commission orders BHP Coal to reinstate sacked miner (29/09/2016)
BHP Coal has been ordered to reinstate a worker sacked over an expletive-laden exchange with a colleague during which he referred to a labour hire employee as a “scab”. A BHP manager told the Fair Work Commission he believed the employee’s use of the word scab was worse than the use of the words “c. t” or “slut”. BHP sacked the operator at the Saraji mine in Queensland in October last year for inappropriate workplace conduct.
Source: The Australian

'Harsh' penalties for breaches of new superannuation rules (29/09/2016)
Hefty penalties have been built into new superannuation laws which for the first time limit all pension-phase accounts to $1.6 million, financial advisers say. Penalties for breaches of the $1.6 million limit will apply immediately from next July. The Tax Office will order the removal of excess amounts and calculate a notional earnings amount, with that earnings amount to be taxed at 15 per cent.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Snapchat could be bullying headache for managers (29/09/2016)
The booming use of messaging app Snapchat could cause major headaches for employers as workplace bullies take advantage of its self-destruct selling point. Snapchat allows its millions of users to send messages, particularly photos or videos, to others but then automatically destroys the messages after they've been viewed.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Job losses in steel industry linked to rise in domestic violence (29/09/2016)
Job losses have been linked to a rise in domestic violence rates in a new analysis of the impact of a major downturn in the steel industry. The Illawarra Legal Centre has identified a 16 per cent increase in calls from victims of family and domestic violence during the last major downturn at Bluescope Steel when 1500 jobs were lost.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

A third of Australia's nurses are thinking of leaving the profession (29/09/2016)
Nursing had become "too dangerous" for Catherine Taylor before she left the profession. Ms Taylor resigned in April from her job as a nurse in an acute mental health care unit in south-west Sydney.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Queensland feedlot faces court for allegedly short-changing backpackers (28/09/2016)
A Queensland feedlot will face court accused of underpaying six backpackers from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken action against Robert Maudsley, who owns and operates a cattle feedlot at Goomeri, west of Gympie.
Source: ABC

ASIC targets building contractors over falsifying stat decs for pay (28/09/2016)
Contractors on major construction projects may be falsifying statutory declarations when claiming payment for work, an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission into illegal phoenix activity has found. The investigation targeted 40 building contractors working on eight big commercial construction projects across NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
Source: The Australian

Four-week dole wait gets Hanson nod as youth work ethic in sights (28/09/2016)
A government plan to force young jobseekers to wait four weeks before accessing the dole has won the support of Pauline Hanson, who has hit out at a lack of a “work ethic” among young Australians eager for unemployment benefits.
Source: The Australian

Gender inequality: Women entering jobs today will work 4 years more than males over a lifetime (27/09/2016)
A young woman entering the job market today can expect to work for the equivalent of an average of four years more than her male peers over her lifetime, says international anti-poverty organisation ActionAid.
Source: ABC

Strikes threaten disruption at airports, cargo terminals (27/09/2016)
Passengers and cargo freight operations risk delay and disruption over the next two weeks as Immigration and Border Force workers kicked off unprecedented industrial action across international airports, cruise ship terminals and cargo facilities. The strikes from midnight Monday until October 9 involve rolling 30-minute work stoppages potentially all day, every day, and will hit the cruise industry in peak season and airlines in the middle of school holidays.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Westpac's removal of teller incentives welcomed by experts (27/09/2016)
Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer's plan to remove incentives for bank tellers to cross-sell products has been welcomed by experts who say the issue of misaligned incentives has been underestimated by bank chiefs in Australia and around the world.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Border Force strike action set to cause delays at Australian airports, cruise ship terminals (26/09/2016)
Two weeks of strike action is set to begin at Australia's international airports, cruise ship terminals and cargo facilities. Immigration and Border Force staff have planned the rolling stoppages as part of a long-running dispute with the Federal Government over pay and conditions.
Source: ABC

Labour dispute at Victoria’s Loy Yang A plant could lead to power cuts (26/09/2016)
Victoria’s electricity supplies could be at risk after the operator of one of the nation’s largest power plants warned it would lock out its entire unionised workforce if employees took industrial action.
Source: The Australian

Unions talk of strike-breaking disturbing: public sector commissioner (26/09/2016)
Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has lashed out at the public sector union for warning non-union workers not to engage in “strike-breaking” during two weeks of airport strikes starting today.
Source: The Australian

Public Service has swelled but moved towards temporary jobs: snapshot shows (26/09/2016)
The Australian Public Service swelled its ranks in 2015-2016 after years of contraction under Labor and Liberal governments. But despite an increase in female representation in the service and efforts to improve gender diversity, men continue to dominate senior positions in the service, the latest statistical bulletin from the Public Service Commission reveals.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-26/border-force-strike-action-to-cause-delays-at-airports/7876460 (26/09/2016)
A US court of appeals has ruled that refusing to hire someone with dreadlocks is legal. The court ruled against a discrimination case brought against an employer who withdrew their offer to hire an employee after she refused to cut off her dreadlocks.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald