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I was unfairly fired for calling my boss a ****

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In Australia, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in favour of an employee who went on an offensive 4-letter-word tirade against his boss. In this rather unique case of employee relations, the recycling worker was fired via text message by the company executive who he referred to as an “old ****”. The dispute was concerning the employee being asked to work overtime when he had not been paid for previous overtime worked. This conversation happened over the phone and quickly went from a debate to a very heated, aggressive argument. The Fair Work Commission have found that although the worker…

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American workers denied bathroom breaks – forced to wear diapers

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A new study by Oxfam America, has found that the majority of staff who work in poultry are denied bathroom breaks. Many have actually turned to wearing diapers. The report is said to show a common disregard for wellbeing at work or health and safety. A study of 250,000 workers in the meat industry found that the majority had been; mocked, ignored or threatened with contract termination. Oxfam also found that many of the workers were suffering from severe dehydration while they worked. Not only is this something which is proven to drop efficiency but is a serious health issue…

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Bosses tell staff: get rid of the beards or face disciplinary action

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A council has told their workers that they may face employee disciplinary action if they have any form of beard or stubble. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has told staff they must not have any facial hair as part of a health and safety regulation. Failure to cooperate could even see the employee face actions such as loss of pay. The rule is aimed specifically at workers who are in dusty conditions such as; repairmen, carpenters, plumbers and construction workers. The council have said that workers can also wear special face masks which protect workers when working with asbestos. In…

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New app gives waiting staff a fair deal

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(Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News) There’s now a new app to help waiting staff receive 100% of their tips. Gratuu lets customers tip staff directly from their mobile phones with no interference from the restaurant. The idea came from Renate Kalnina an entrepreneur who used to work in waitressing, herself. Renate told Manchester Evening News: “I used to work as a temporary waitress and often moved around venues, which meant I didn’t get a cut of tips left on card machines. “When I got a staff job in a restaurant the management used the 12.5 per cent service charge…

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Boss spends £5 million to give 2,500 staff free holiday

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A Chinese tycoon has spent £5 million out of his own pocket to take thousands of his staff on a free holiday to Spain. The trip will include sight-seeing expeditions to Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo. The expense of the holiday includes the 20 planes, 1,650 hotel rooms, 70 coaches, 4 private trains, 5-star restaurants and a private tour of Madrid Palace. Li Jinyuan, is seen as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in China with a string of businesses including; Chinese medicine, tea and & coffee, property, biotechnology, finance, tourism and international exporting. He is estimated to be worth at…

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