Congo declares Yellow Fever epidemic, Heinz taken to court over unhealthy children’s snacks, Seven eleven owner receives record fine, and more Zedlines.
Seven eleven owner receives record fine
Brisbane businessman Sheng-Chieh Lo has been fined over $400,000 after systematically exploiting workers at the West End 7-11 he owned, making it the largest penalty dealt by the Australian court under the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Mr. Lo had reportedly underpaid his staff more than $80,000 total between September 2013 and September 2014.
In order to avoid Fair Work Inspectors Lo had been entering false records into the 7-11 payroll system and forcing employees to pay back parts of their wages.
When Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced the 2016 Double Dissolution federal election he said: "The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform. The time for playing games is over."
On Tuesday the Fair Work Commission ruled that an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement signed between supermarket giant Coles and retail union SDA should never have been approved because it did not leave workers better off overall than the award minimum.
The ruling was in response to an appeal launched by Coles worker Duncan Hart. 4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Mr Hart.
Recently Caxton Legal Service expanded its Employment Law Advice Service. Caxton provides free legal services, information and referrals to vulnerable employees and workers who have been mistreated or who have been dismissed. 4zzz reporter Craig Garrett speaks with Bridget Burton, Caxton's Coordinating Lawyer - General Practice Team, about the scope of the Employment Law Advice Service, and the ways in which Caxton's team can help.
The Australian Greens have called for continued federal funding for Indigenous ranger groups (source: wikimedia)
Black lung disease reappears
Coal miners and union members rallied outside Parliament House on Wednesday protesting the recent cases of black lung disease in the community. Miners urged the government to start taking action and help prevent the disease from being spread to other members of the coal mining industry. Black lung disease is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago, however there have been 5 new reported cases since September 2015.
The critically endangered Eastern Curlew flocks to mudflats in Wynnum, Manly and Redlands each year. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Birdlife threatened by Moreton Bay redevelopment
Ecology experts warn the $1.3 billion Toondah Harbour redevelopment could affect crucial habitat for Moreton Bay's birdlife.
Queensland Wader Study Group ecologist David Milton said the cumulative effects of development could endanger local wildlife, including the critically endangered Eastern Curlew which flocks to mudflats in Wynnum, Manly and Redlands each year.
Health Minister Sussan Ley says consumers will benefit from price reductions to more than 400 medicines. (Source: Pixabay)
Palaszczuk’s Government to respond to Anti-Bikie Law Review
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promises a zero-tolerance approach to organised crime.
The Queensland State Government will respond to a review of controversial anti-bikie laws today after cabinet meets to be briefed by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart on the latest intelligence on organised crime groups.