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Australia 's National Workplace Relations

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ABOUT FWA: The Fair Work Commission is Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal. They are responsible in maintaining the minimum wages/salaries and working conditions. They also deal with a range of other work related and employment problems and disputes. The first FWA commission was set up in 1904 and since then has governed and facilitated many changes in the Australian working industry. The Melbourne FWA is located at Level 4, 11 Exhibition Street. The Visit: On Thursday, 6th August 2015 I set out to visit the Fair works commission on Exhibition Street for my subject assessment. It took me a while to reach the venue due to my lack of acquaintance with the CBD roads and specially had never been to this street before. So I…show more content…
The Respondent contended that the Applicant abandoned her employment on 31 December 2014 and was not dismissed. The respondent agrees that he had indeed “yelled” at Ms Atkinson on 31 December 2014 when he asked her to “Go”, and conceded he called Ms Atkinson a “silly old cow” on 2 January 2015, but that was due to her unprofessional behaviour and bad work ethics despite repeated warnings. Ms Atkinson’s conduct on 31 December 2014 had reached an intolerable point and that Mr Lorenzen dismissed Ms Atkinson when he ordered her to leave the premises. Mr Lorenzen conceded he yelled “Go” to Ms Atkinson. CASE FACTS : The Respondent provides catering services to day cruises in the Whitsundays and a bowls club. The Applicant began performing duties in the cleaning/kitchen duties role since approximately July or August 2013. Two witnesses of the Respondent, Mr King and Mr Morley, gave evidence that was completely at odds with the Applicant’s version of events. Whilst Ms Atkinson portrayed herself as a victim in the face of Mr Lorenzen 's relentlessly abusive conduct, Mr Morley and Mr King gave no such evidence in support of her claims in this regard, even though they were well-placed to observe a range of the relevant interactions on 31 December 2014 and 2 January 2015. Applicants point of view - The Applicant submitted that the
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