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Boss calls Fair Work "mafia, Nazi, communists", fined for unfair dismissal

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HC Online | 03 Apr 2017, 10:52 AM Agree 0
A company has been fined after it ignored a Fair Work Commission order to compensate a worker it unfairly dismissed
  • Dave Wane | 04 Apr 2017, 10:16 PM Agree 0
    I will go to my grave with the following long-held beliefs:
    *The only government intervention in the labour market should be to allow an independent body to determine a minimum wage.
    *All employers are free people and all employees are also free people. The price that an employer is willing and able to pay for labour is best determined by the productivity of the worker and the current labour market conditions. In other words: between the employer and the employee, not some union-friendly and very artificial body like the Fair Work Commission.
    *Termination of employment, if on an employment contract (if we ever get a free and open labour market) will obviously be subject to the terms and conditions of the employment contract. And if under the current mess, "SHOULD" always allow either the employee or the employer to terminate at any time, probably with say a week's notice. It clearly does not do anything like that at present. It is currently unfair. The employee can quit at any time for whatever reason, even no reason; yet the employer is subject to a mountain of union-controlled and government regulated procedures to determine whether the employer should have been terminate.
    This is simply not fair.
  • Steve | 07 Apr 2017, 03:21 PM Agree 0
    I like your comments here Dave. For many years now - I would say since at least the 1996 Workplace Relations Act, but probably before that - the realm of employment termination has been severely skewed in the employee's favour.
    Speaking as an employee, I fully appreciate the rights I have in law and it gives me a warm feeling.
    Speaking as an HR professional, I fully recognise there is nothing remotely resembling balance... a fact which, of course, plays a key role in providing me with ongoing employment.
    The battle rages on!
  • Simon | 05 May 2017, 12:37 PM Agree 0
    Its good that we all have our views about the system and laws associated with work place relations in Australia. Certainly in recent years these laws have been positioned to be favourable for the employee, and to protect certain rights associated with employment. However, if this is what is required to ensure our system is not based on "the law of the jungle" as Dave seems to prefer, this is no bad thing. People need to be treated fairly at work. I fear the absence of our current system would mean many people (predominantly the young and others less able to defend themselves) would be severely disadvantaged and exploited. Certainly all employees and employers are free people. But in the absence of any regulation, the power imbalance between the employer and the employee will mean that it is the employee being treated less favourably. We need look no further for evidence of this than the recent examples of certain employment practices with 457 or student visa holders.
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