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  • An employer has the right to dismiss an employee, provided they give warning and proper reasons.
  • If a dismissal is seen as harsh, unjust or unreasonable, it is considered unfair.
  • The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) protects people in the workforce. It deals with things like:
- varying awards

- making orders on matters such as minimum wage, good faith bargaining and industrial action

- approving agreements

- determining unfair dismissal claims

  • This legislation allows workers to take legal action if they believe their dismissal was unfair.

Examples of fair dismissal vs. unfair dismissals:

An employer gives several warnings to an employee stating they are not working to the expected standard, before giving them a summary dismissal.

An employer gives a warning to an employee however makes it very hard for them to improve by constantly rejecting efforts.

After moving them to another department, an employee is making it hard for other employees to work with them, and after a warning the employer sacks them.

An employer sacks the employee as their personality is not liked in the workplace, or based the termination on their dislike for the employee.

An employee turns up to work intoxicated and crashes the company forklift into a wall, the employer sacks them on the spot due to serious misconduct.

An employee is sacked after they were 5 minutes late to a presentation, while they are usually on time.

A company no longer needs an employee’s job as it has been replaced by a computer. They are made redundant.

An employee is told they are being made redundant, until they find out they are actually being replaced by another worker.

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Ethical Workplace Practices

  • Ethics are the standards of right and wrong, and should be the basis of making a decisions.
  • They are not included in law - meaning businesses have to often choose between profits and ethics.

Examples – Failing to honour commitments, deceiving your customers, violation of conscience (e.g. opening a new mine – increased pollution however bigger profits), unlawful conduct, disregard of company policy.

Trade Unions

A trade union is an organisation that looks after workers in particular job or industry. By working together, workers are more able to approach or bargain with employers for improved pay and working conditions. The number of Australians in trade unions has decreased over the years. Unions generally aim to:

  • Protect the interests of union members
  • Improve the working conditions of members
  • Sure fair treatment of employees at work
  • Promote quality of life issues (e.g. work hours)


An employer group protects the rights of employers; and joins together to protect their common interests. Their main role is to:

  • Represent employers in dealings with trade unions
  • Give advice and assistance on a range of issues including:
Industrial relations
Employment legislation
Lobby governments.

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QQ: Why are trade unions no longer needed?

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