Brisbane 7-Eleven owner accused of short-changing workers and more 8am Zedlines

A Brisbane owner of two inner-city 7-Eleven stores is being accused of cheating workers out of penalty rates, among other allegations. Picture source: Wiki Commons

Alleged wage corrpution for Brisbane 7-Eleven

A Brisbane 7-Eleven operator faces court action after failing to pay correct wages for 21 employees.

Jason Yuan, who owns two of the inner-city convenience stores, has had legal action brought against him by the Fair Work Ombudsman after investigations revealed he underpaid staff more than $31,000 in just 12 months.

The ombudsman alleges that workers were given false pay slips, were not paid shift penalties or casual loading, and were also denied penalty rates on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.


No fish count until after flooding rains

The Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance is waiting for heavy rainfall across the region before rechecking fish numbers in net-free zones.

Team leader of the Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance, Mr Lance Murray said the introduction of the ban would see a boost in local fish numbers, but a heavy downpour would also help restore mangrove creek systems.

Mr Murray said that after a “good flood event” the region will be more accurately informed about the state of the area.

Net-free fishing zones, which came into effect on 1 November near Mackay, Rockhampton and Cairns, placed a ban on commercial net fishing.


FIFO workers bringing drugs, violence to Indigenous community

An Aboriginal community services organisation in Western Australia is claiming FIFO workers are exposing indigenous youth to the drug ice.

Rates of meth use and stabbings have been increasing in the Port Hedland area, with indigenous community workers blaming the surge of fly-in, fly-out workers with high incomes adversely affecting the town.

CEO of the Bloodwood Tree Association in South Hedland, Mr Bob Neville, said drug use in the local community is rampant, following from the popularity of the drug within the FIFO workforce, and has led to increased levels of violence.


Dick Smith administrators to meet with creditors

Dick Smith administrators will meet with those who are owed money by the electronics retail chain today.

Advisory firm McGrathNicol, who took over the bankrupt company last week, has taken on around $140 million worth of debt from secured creditors, and another $250 million from unsecured sources including customers with unredeemed gift cards.

The meeting will decide whether a committee of creditors will form, and if so, who those members will be and whether McGrathNicol will continue as administrators.

Dick Smith went into receivership just over a week ago, and was advertised for sale on Tuesday.


US sailors released after apology

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have released ten US sailors after their naval commander said the crew had seemingly entered Iranian waters by mistake.

Two US Navy patrol boats were determined to have inadvertently strayed into Iranian waters due to a broken navigation system, as reported by the Tasnim news agency.

Reports claimed the ten sailors were released in international waters after they had apologised.

The incident had the potential to destabilise an upcoming nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.


Avalanche in alps kills at least two school children

An avalanche in the French Alps has hit a school group and other skiers, killing at least two people and severely injuring at least three others.

The avalanche occurred at the Deux Aples ski resort about 50 kilometres away from the Italian border after a sheet of snow broke off a black-rated slope which had been closed after several days of heavy snowfall.

Only five people have been found so far, and searches are still underway.