Government Prosecutions

Weighty fine for D’Orsogna

MEAT and small goods giant D’Orsogna has been fined more than $18,000 plus costs of $1,484 for offences under the Fair Trading and Weights and Measures acts.

Its managing director Bradley Thomas Thomason has also been fined $2,600 for offences under those acts.

Consumer Protection officers, following up on a complaint from a consumer that she had received underweight pre-packaged meat, discovered that 22 out of 126 D’Orsogna products tested were underweight by more than 5 per cent.

D’Orsogna asserted that this had occurred because its slicing machine was faulty.

Consumer Protection commissioner Patrick Walker said Companies such as D’Orsogna had a responsibility to the public to ensure that their equipment was always kept in good order if it was used to produce goods that were to be sold by weight.

"Consumers must be able to trust what they read on food labels and this was not the case here," he said.

"The Department has previously communicated some concerns to the company about underweight articles that had been detected, which apparently were not heeded."

Legal Issues

Legislation watch

THE Commonwealth Workplace Relations Act will soon be amended as follows:

Interim return to work orders – employers faced with unprotected industrial action can now obtain interim section 127 orders from the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to stop or prevent such industrial action; and

Transmission of business – the AIRC can now make orders that cover an existing certified agreement.

That last amendment allows an incoming employer who becomes a successor, transmittee or assignee of a business that already has a certified agreement, to apply for an order that the certified agreement does not bind the incoming employer.

The parties to the certified agreement must agree to the proposed order and the AIRC can only make the proposed order if it does not disadvantage employees or is part of a reasonable strategy to deal with a short-term crisis in the transmitted business.

Kylie Groves, associate

9429 7475

Sean Redden, associate

9429 7618

Michael Preston, associate

9429 7684




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