Workers’ rights

A dramatic decline in permanent and secure employment, systemic underpayment and exploitation, and wage inequality and growth are among the many issues concerning Australian workers.

These practices are jeopardising hard-fought employment rights that many of us hold dear – regular pay, protection, fair conditions as well as occupational health and safety standards, injury compensation, and superannuation.

Since 1919, Maurice Blackburn has been providing successful and innovative legal advice to trade unions and workers across Australia on issues ranging from workplace disputes, industrial action and good faith bargaining to breaches of awards and agreements, and union right of entry matters, among others.

Alongside our Union allies, we have also lobbied governments for better rights and conditions and have run and won many employment and industrial law cases that have improved the lives of working Australians and helped create a fairer society for all.

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Worker exploitation: Protecting underpaid workers at 7-Eleven

When the systemic underpayment and exploitation of 7-Eleven workers was revealed by ABC’s Four Corners and Fairfax Media in 2015, the nation was aghast.

Workers had been routinely underpaid, not by accident, but by widespread doctoring and fabrication of payroll records, time sheets and rosters. There was also proof of understated wage bills, store reviews and explosive documents relating to payroll compliance from the head office of the country’s biggest convenience store chain.

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Class action for workers’ with intellectual disabilities

Australian workers with intellectual disabilities received  backpay for unlawfully discriminatory wages, thanks to an agreement Maurice Blackburn Lawyers reached on behalf of about 10,000 workers in a class action against the Federal Government.

 

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