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Month: January 2012

  • Posted by Stephen Booth on 31 Jan 2012
    Happy New Year to our blog readers! No resolutions here, but a reflection to begin the year: people can have an amazing lack of insight. Being an employment lawyer (or working in HR) broadens your life experience: you get to see people behaving in ways you wouldn’t believe if you read it in a book. Check out this random sample of recent unfair dismissal try-ons.
  • Posted by Stephen Booth on 17 Jan 2012
    It is in the nature of our media-saturated world that crises occupy all attention for “15 minutes of fame”, and then subside again, so those not directly involved lose the track of the story, till the next crisis. So what has happened to the Qantas dispute?  Essentially, the wheels set in motion by the Qantas grounding, and the orders of FWA on 31 October, continue to turn, but out of sight.  There having been no private resolution within the 21 days allowed, the disputes are now set up for formal arbitration by FWA in March 2012.  The general expectation is that, when imposing a deal on the parties, FWA will not override Qantas’ management prerogative to the extent of interfering in decisions about off-shore operations and staffing.  Certainly it seems to be Qantas’ calculation that it will get a better deal out of FWA than directly with the unions, and by a route which precludes ongoing industrial action.

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