Union challenging ATO hot-desking plans at Fair Work Commission

Union challenging ATO hot-desking plans at Fair Work Commission

Posted August 21, 2017 20:35:40 Hot-desking might be popular in large, open-place offices Australia-wide, but according to the union representing tax office employees, the practice is dehumanising and a brake on productivity. The Australian Services Union is taking the Australian Taxation Office to the Fair Work Commission to protest against a plan to extend a hot-desking trial in Melbourne to more of its employees. In a statement, the ATO said the feedback is has received from participants in the trial has been “very positive”, and “revealed overwhelming support for the…

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Beaconsfield survivor’s tragic split

Beaconsfield survivor’s tragic split

FORMER Beaconsfield miner Todd Russell who was trapped underground for 321 hours has revealed the reason behind his marriage breakdown with his wife. In an interview aired on A Current Affair Monday night, Mr Russell and his wife Carolyn speak candidly about their marriage breakdown years after the mining disaster. “There were other women,” Ms Russell said as she revealed the couple had separated. “I never had any trust for him.” Mr Russell made world headlines when he survived being trapped nearly one kilometre underground with his former colleague Brant…

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Body found as Danish submarine inventor says missing journalist died on board

Body found as Danish submarine inventor says missing journalist died on board

Updated August 22, 2017 07:16:02 Photo: Police have not yet identified the body but are working to determine if it belongs to journalist Kim Wall. (IWMF/Wikimedia Commons) A headless female torso was found on Monday in the water’s edge in Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor charged with killing a journalist in his homemade submarine told a court she died onboard, police say. Peter Madsen told the court Swedish journalist Kim Wall had died in an accident and he had buried her at sea, changing his earlier statement that he…

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Illegal workers detained in crackdown

Illegal workers detained in crackdown

ALMOST 40 illegal workers have been detained in Perth during a nation-wide crackdown on visa fraud. Raids were carried out across the country by the Australian Border Force, at both business and residential properties, under Operation Bonasus. Country-wide, 225 illegal foreign workers from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Pakistan and Bangladesh were located in industries including agriculture, retail and hospitality. In addition, more than 300 individuals were refused entry to Australia as part of the operation. media_cameraRaids were carried out on homes and businesses across the country. Picture: Seven News.“Typically they…

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Mortgage stress hot spots revealed

Mortgage stress hot spots revealed

Updated August 21, 2017 22:09:18 Video: TheGreat Australian Dream (ABC News) Australia’s housing market has reached a unique point in its history: household debt at a record high, interest rates at an all-time low. Video: Mortgage stress will spread quickly if interest rates rise (ABC News) It’s a “perfect storm” that means mortgage stress will spread swiftly, even with small increases in interest rates, according to mortgage industry expert Martin North. Already, one in four mortgaged households are in stress — meaning they do not have enough income to cover…

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