For everyone Legal news: A fair road to recovery

  • By Ursula McBride
  • This article was published more than 3 years ago.
  • 6 Apr 2021

When first joining the union, you may not realise how vital our legal services can be. Along with hard-fought improvements to pay and conditions, members can benefit from advice and representation in all aspects of employment law, from disciplinary processes and unfair dismissal, to contracts, underpayments and discrimination.

The legal team prioritises justice, fairness, quality, collaboration and compassion in the work we do on members’ behalf. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that unexpected and challenging circumstances can arise at any time. AEU membership means you have the support, advice and representation you need. 

Among recent cases, we’ve helped three members successfully pursue unfair dismissal, resulting in overall settlements of $66,000.

We recovered entitlements owed to a TAFE member upon retirement, and negotiated a longer notice period for an ES range review.

We sorted out an incorrectly taxed termination payout for a preschool teacher, meaning an extra lump sum of around $5,000.

We have supported members in matters related to allegations of misconduct – enabling one to retain their VIT registration – and, with a barrister, represented a member before DET’s Disciplinary Appeals Board.

We are also continuing our dispute with Bendigo Kangan Institute over the meaning of ‘assessment’ in the TAFE Agreement.

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