Case Studies and Testimonials

At the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry we take pride in our human resources and workplace relations services. Our Workplace Relations Team are available to help our clients manage any of their human resource issues and negotiate Australian workplace law and policy. But don’t take our word for it. Hear about some of our clients and how we gave them the expertise they needed.

Member Testimonials

 

Melbourne Airport

"Melbourne Airport engaged the Victorian Chamber’s Workplace Relations Consulting team to assist with renegotiation of our Enterprise Agreement. Melbourne Airport works within a complex regulatory framework and is a major, and growing, centre of economic activity in the north-west, welcoming over 35 million travellers every year.

Our recent agreement involved negotiation with four unions and varied employee groups across two states, Victoria and Tasmania. Richard from the Victorian Chamber was an integral part of the negotiating team and worked with us every step of the way from the pre-planning stage through to management of a complex lodgement and assessment process. Engaging with the Victorian Chamber team enabled the negotiating team to fully focus on our operational and strategic goals, with regard to the risks, requirements and opportunities within the bargaining framework.

With the Consultant sitting with us at the bargaining table, we proceeded as a focused and energised leadership team. Ensuring that our strategy was articulated and settled at the commencement of the process meant that we could respond effectively to opportunities and keep the process moving. Communication with our employees was enhanced and ultimately resulted in a positive process and successful vote.

We would recommend the Victorian Chamber services to organisations seeking support or strategic Enterprise Agreement advice."

Eileen Kershaw
Executive Human Resources
Melbourne Airport

Parking and Ground Transportation

Lorie Argus
Chief Executive
Melbourne Airport

Parking and Ground Transportation

Bunnings Warehouse

"Bunnings partners with the Victorian Chamber for the provision of workplace investigations and workplace relations advice, including Fair Work Commission support and representation, both in Victoria and interstate. Our work with the Victorian Chamber means that we are able to manage overflow work successfully, as well as utilise specialist expertise on an ‘as needed’ basis. The services are always of a high quality, with pragmatic and commercially sound advice. The Victorian Chamber is responsive, understand our business and add real value to our team. I recommend them to any employer seeking assistance in managing their workplace relations and human resources functions."

Judd Young
National Employee Relations Manager
Bunnings

Diamond Valley Mitre 10

“The Victorian Chamber recently assisted Diamond Valley Mitre 10 with a complex WorkCover matter. The Victorian Chamber provided comprehensive advice each step of the way and ensured a fair and reasonable approach. Diamond Valley Mitre 10 has a strong focus on quality and customer satisfaction, and were delighted the same was reflected in the service offered by the Victorian Chamber”

Windermere

“Windermere engaged the services of the Victorian Chamber Consulting team to assist with classifying our employees against the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010. We appreciated that the Victorian Chamber’s service approach reflected our own. The Victorian Chamber worked closely with us as dedicated specialists and ensured final recommendations were actionable. The work has assisted us maintain ongoing award compliance. We look forward to continuing to work with the Victorian Chamber on future projects.”

Case Studies

BRB Modular

BRB Modular

We successfully represented BRB Modular in a Full Bench appeal which clarifies the proper test for scope orders in Enterprise Agreements. This important decision clarifies the expectation that single members will defer to precedent Full Bench authorities; and limits the ability of unions to ‘carve out’ a sector of the workforce if doing so does not have a real chance of furthering bargaining fairness and efficiency.

Bunnings Warehouse

Bunnings

We represented Bunnings at the Fair Work Commission in response to an anti-bullying order sought by one of its employees. At first instance, the Commission found the employee had not been bullied. When the employee subsequently lodged an appeal against the Commission’s decision, we successfully argued permission to appeal should not be granted and the appeal was consequently dismissed by the Full Bench.

Concept Wire Industries

Concept Wire Industries

We represented this manufacturing employer at the Fair Work Commission in response to an unfair dismissal claim. An employee had been dismissed after an investigation found he had threatened another worker for choosing to not become a union member. After considering all the evidence, provided by 8 witnesses, the Commission preferred the evidence of the employer, agreed with the investigation findings and determined the dismissal was not harsh, unjust or unreasonable.

Ennesty Energy

Ennesty Energy

We represented Ennesty in the Fair Work Commission to respond to an unfair dismissal claim. An employee’s role was made redundant and after consultation she was considered by her employer to be unsuitable for redeployment to other roles within the business. After considering the detailed submissions and evidence led, the Commissioner found that the employee’s dismissal was not unfair.

New Age Cleaning

New Age Cleaning

We represented New Age Cleaning in the Federal Magistrates Court. Following consideration by the court of our member’s application, the sacked employee had his matter ‘struck out’ and also had costs awarded against him.

Contact our Workplace Relations team today on 03 8662 5222 to discuss how we can help your business.