Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Weekend Penalty Rates Hazard Ahead

The recent productivity report may well spell the end of not just penalty rates for weekend workers.

If the penalty rates for weekend workers are abolished, unions are finished in Australia are the wispers heard about town.

Speaking to a transport worker yesterday, Brian Newman from Workers First was told "....if the government swings this, I know I'm finished with unions. What's the use of being a member of an organisation that fights like an old women and only wants our fees to give to the labor party. It's a joke!"

Workers First is a firm believer in the original union concept where members needs were serviced, not "organised" from a desktop.

If you need representation on this important issue, contact Workers First today.



Sunday, 13 December 2015

URGENT NOTICE - POSITION VACANT

Workers First is looking for a suitably qualified person to work with our Partner Registered Training Organisation(RTO) at the Gold Coast Training College immediately.


Workers First RTO Partner, Gold Coast Training College, needs a person for immediate start with the following qualifications.

BSB31015 Certificate III 

(Business Administration (Legal))


Certificate IV 

(Training and Assessment TAE40110)


This is ideal for anyone looking to work from home, with flexible hours.

For more information contact us today.






Wanna-Be Bill, What A Dill!

Bill Shorten, what a goose! Fair Dinkum! 

What does he do in response to being caught texting on his phone whilst driving? He has a fuzzy feel good article published in the Sunday Mail touting his Wife's relationship to Allison Baden-Clay (Stand Up For Allison - Shorten's Wife Tells Story of Lost Friend and Inspired Legacy, Sunday Mail (13 December 2015).

It may well have been beyond his control of when this article was published, but seriously, not a good look Wanna-Be Bill.

Cartoon from Sunday Mail 13.12.15 page 74

See the full Sunday Mail article at www.couriermail.com.au

Please post your thoughts on this important topic.

Workers First Pty Ltd would like some feedback on this topic and the general feeling amongst our members and the community.

Please share your comments with us below.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

IMPORTANT NOTICE


www.workersfirst.com.au is have some maintenance done by our host Volusion until lunchtime today.

If you require urgent assistance or information, please email gethelp@workersfirst.com.au or call us on 07 3807 3807.



Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Not in a Union? Need Help? Can't Afford a Lawyer? $1 a Day Membership


Too often today, workers are walking away from their positions when they are confronted by bosses on workplace matters the workers just can't handle or don't have anyone to turn to for support.

Now, workers in all industries can turn to Workers First for support and representation in all workplace matters.

Workers can get a FREE 30 minute consultation to discuss their workplace issue with Workers First by calling 07 3807 3807 or by using the online contact form HERE.

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.




Thursday, 3 December 2015

Macoun v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] HCA 44



In this matter, the High Court said;

The appeal should be dismissed.  The parties agreed that there should be no order as to costs.

Income tax – International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 (Cth) – Exemption from taxation on salaries and emoluments received from certain international organisations – Whether monthly pension payments exempt from taxation.

International law – Treaty interpretation – Privileges and immunities of specialized agencies – Whether Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies requires Australia not to tax monthly pension payments received by former officer of specialized agency.

Words and phrases – "emolument", "pension", "salary".

For original source, go to HERE

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.

Fair Work Ombudsman v Quest South Perth Holdings Pty Ltd [2015] HCA 45




In this matter, the Federal Court said;


The following orders should be made:

1. Appeal allowed.

2. Set aside the order of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia made on 17 March 2015 and, in its place, order that:

(a) the appeal be allowed;

(b) the order of McKerracher J made on 26 July 2013 be varied so that, in addition to the declarations contained in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the order, the following declarations be made:

"2A. The first respondent contravened s 357 of the Act by representing to Ms Margaret Best that the contract of employment under which she was employed by the first respondent was a contract for services under which she performed work as an independent contractor";

"2B. The first respondent contravened s 357 of the Act by representing to Ms Carol Roden that the contract of employment under which she was employed by the first respondent was a contract for services under which she performed work as an independent contractor"; and

(c) the proceeding be remitted to a judge of the Federal Court for further hearing to determine any pecuniary penalties to be imposed on the first respondent in respect of those contraventions.


Employment law – Employer and employee – Independent contractor – Sham arrangements – Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), s 357(1) prohibits representation by employer to employee that contract of employment under which individual is employed is contract for services – First respondent represented that employees performed work as independent contractors under contracts for services with second respondent – Whether first respondent contravened s 357(1).

Words and phrases – "contract for services", "independent contractor", "sham arrangement".

(02 December 2015) (FRENCH CJ, KIEFEL, BELL, GAGELER AND NETTLE JJ)


See the original source at HERE 

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.




24 Hour Assistance


In the modern workplace, it is necessary for workers to have access to advice as often as possible.

Workers First is responding to the latest trend amongst employers who are delivering show cause notices and dismissal notices after hours, leaving working to feel frustrated and worried until the next business day when they hope to speak with a representative.

In unfair dismissal cases particularly, every minute counts and where there are matters requiring considered responses such as show cause disciplinary matters, workers with material for their respective representatives to consider need access to their representatives to make the magic happen.

For these reasons, Workers First encourages our members and clients to use the 0434WORKER (0434 967 537) on call number to make contact in matters such as unfair dismissal.

Prison Officers, Police, Immigration, Detention and Security workers and a whole range of other industry shift workers have a genuine need to touch base during these hours and we strongly encourage it in matters of genuine urgency.

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.