Fair Work Australia

Craig Thomson claims he has been vindicated over the Fair Work Australia’s report into the HSU East Branch after an independent report found flaws with FWA’s investigation processes. Mr Thomson’s response is peculiar given it that this most recent report does not have a whole lot to do with him.

Picture: Kym Smith

KPMG were asked to look only at the investigation methodology of FWA. They did not comment, nor was it within their ambit to comment on the findings. However critical of the methods of the investigation KPMG were, it does not flow that the findings made in the FWA HSU report would have changed.

It is however a blow to FWA’s credibility in being able to professionally exercise its powers under relevant workplace laws.

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  • Grey says:

    07:52pm | 22/08/12

    Ahh, the bully pulpit of the media. Mr Thomson has been very clear: he did not pay or use prostitutes and that if there is documentation to the contrary then that documentation is either fraudulent or fraud or both.  He has specifically stated that the signature on the credit card… Read more »

  • andye says:

    06:45pm | 22/08/12

    @cynic - “The lack of basic corporate governance is common in unions “ BINGO. I’ve said this before, but unions aren’t the only organisations rife with corruption. Certain industry bodies and various other organisations where a lot of money and power with little oversight in in the hands of a… Read more »


Every big company has a line about corporate social responsibility, and what it contributes to the community. But there’s always a tension between corporate hype about being ethical, or a good corporate citizen, and the need to make a profit to stay afloat.

I bet they hate the jingle too. Pic: Stuart McEvoy

Business is a tough environment and business leaders are under immense pressure to deliver a good bottom line. Corporate philanthropy is fantastic, but in the end charity begins at home, with the way a company treats its workforce.

We are seeing a growing trend towards business avoiding their responsibilities, both to treat their workers well, and to the long-term future of our workforce.

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  • jo says:

    06:49am | 31/07/12

    ANDY MACK ...... Thank you for your words of wisdom,  and how true “our society will continue on the downward sprial we are on” .......  Such a shame,  that certain people, cling to their infantile belief,  that life is all about competing with your fellow man or woman to survive. … Read more »

  • jase says:

    01:42am | 31/07/12

    So it would be fair to say that these employees should also contribute to 50% of the losses a company incurs on a bad year? The employee gets a wage, that is an agreed sum of money for doing x hours per week. Hell I would love to see the… Read more »


Australia is a great place to live. Our economy is strong, unemployment is low, companies are making good profits and real incomes are rising, as is our living standard.

Aussie work choices, we've got it all in the bag

The Fair Work Act is an important building block of that strength.

The facts show us that our workplace relations system is producing lower levels of industrial disputes, increasing profits and fostering agreement making while providing a workable safety net.

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  • Isabela says:

    01:06pm | 09/03/12

    In an ideal world, yes, I’d agree, David.But the good faith bargaining prsvioion is incredibly important   strikes within a bargaining period are often prompted by intransigence and refusal to negotiate properly by management. Restoring a legal duty to negotiate in good faith allows the commission to intervene to make… Read more »

  • Nanci says:

    12:55pm | 09/03/12

    David, once again, I’d suggest you look at the rorecd under WorkChoices of unions taking strike action. Far more important than secret ballots as a disincentive has been the penal powers under the Act.The do not seem to show what disincentives unions consider when deciding whether or not to strike,… Read more »


So the Australian Industry Group’s Heather Ridout says yesterday’s historic equal pay decision by Fair Work Australia is “dangerous”, because it “will lead to a raft of union claims in other industries”. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls it “disturbing”.

Don't be afraid of pay equity.

Goodness, not another ‘dangerous precedent’. Dangerous precedents have peppered history – like votes for women, the American Civil Rights and the Mabo decision on native title.

Maybe AIG and ACCI have been catching up on some episodes of ‘Yes, Minister’, which defined a dangerous precedent for us: “if we do the right thing now, then we might be forced to the right thing again next time. And on that reasoning nothing should ever be done at all.” But this time something – the right thing - has been done.

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  • Erick says:

    10:47am | 03/02/12

    @badrinath - I don’t object to giving pay rises to people who deserve higher pay because of the work they do. That is fair and reasonable. I do object to the idea that some people should get pay rises simply because they are women (or men, for that matter). That’s… Read more »

  • badrinath says:

    10:34am | 03/02/12

    yep jf, from what i read it is really all about you. Read more »


Update: In the very early hours of this morning Fair Work Australia terminated the chaotic industrial action between Qantas and the unions.Qantas says they expect flight to be grounded till 12noon today. With Alan Joyce telling the media flights may be back in the air by early afternoon today. Almost 70,000 passengers have been stranded in Australia and around the world.

“It’s good to fly Qantas,” said Tony Abbott, meaning to be heard, as yesterday afternoon he stepped from an aircraft at Canberra airport.

Back to work:Industrial action has now been terminated. Photo: Herald Sun

Actually the plane belonged to QantasLink, a related combine of three regional airlines, diverted from Mildura to pick up passengers in Melbourne.

But it was the closest any of us got to a Qantas service yesterday. And Tony Abbott is the closest that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has to a friend in Australian public life at the moment.

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  • Ex-Qantas employee says:

    06:53am | 01/11/11

    @TimB and @Ben C “More importantly in your example, if the CEO was apparently so unnecessary during those eight months, why did they bother appointing one at the end?” When Qantas was a Government enterprise, the CEO was paid $350k pa.  When the airline was privatised, they waited 8 months… Read more »


The federal Labor government announced on Wednesday of last week that it would “meet it’s responsibilities” to fund equal pay for community workers.

Not as easy as it looks. Photo: Peter Hunt

This announcement represents one more step toward wage justice for people working in the sector, whose equal remuneration case has been running for over a year.

It came after intensive lobbying efforts by those same workers and union members, who were emailing, calling and dancing for equal pay in the weeks leading up to this most recent commitment.

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  • Fiona says:

    07:46pm | 12/07/11

    You’re a brave soul…..Good luck. Read more »

  • Fiona says:

    07:42pm | 12/07/11

    Erick, this was not an article about equal pay for women at the expense of men. Men tend to do those jobs traditionally because they pay better than wiping someone’s butt. Read more »


One of the worst features of the old industrial relations system was the so-called “go away money”.

Cartoon: Jon Kudelka

This was the practice of employers paying amounts, usually in the order of $5,000 - $10,000, but sometimes much higher, to employees making an unfair dismissal claim.

It was a particular burden for small businesses who could not afford expensive HR managers, or the legal and time costs of defending a claim, no matter the merits.

It has now become clear that the old practices have returned. 

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  • Mr GG says:

    11:37am | 14/01/11

    too true… Simplification of Law would make things fairer but then why would we need all the over paid pollies to keep passing new ones. Read more »

  • Mr GG says:

    11:35am | 14/01/11

    @Bennymac you said your own problem… you are trying to manufacture in Australia. Globalisation means you must compete with the Chinese Labour who is paid peanuts. And No I don’t think that you should be allowed to pay an Aussie peanuts so you can compete. If you want to make… Read more »


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