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Union, official fined after mistaken rally advice

The Federal Court has reined in fines sought against a union official after accepting he organised a building site stopwork and unlawfully requested strike pay out of "guilt" for telling workers they wouldn't get in trouble for attending a "Change The Rules" rally.

Annual CPI growth near 4%; and more

CPI approaching 4%, but underlying inflation remains low; Court ends inquiry into CFMMEU manufacturing division ballot; Bench seeks feedback on AWU bid to axe piece rates; and COVID-19 flexibility restored to graphic arts award.

FWC puts hospitality loaded rates firmly on menu

Higher-paid hospitality workers appear set to have their overtime and penalty payments rolled up into loaded rates after a FWC full bench yesterday provisionally supported employers' push to vary the sector's award.

Name and shame threat for recalcitrant pollies

The Morrison Government will establish an independent complaints mechanism to handle sexual harassment, assaults and bullying in Federal parliamentary workplaces, while it is also considering "naming and shaming" MPs and senators who fail to undertake anti-harassment training.

Entry permit pared after official's penalty confusion

A senior FWC member has belatedly imposed conditions on an AWU-CFMMEU Offshore Alliance official's entry permit after an employer association revealed he failed to disclose penalties for organising unlawful industrial action.


New powers needed to deter serial litigants: FWC bench

An FWC full bench has called for the Commission to win stronger powers to curb "serial litigation", after it awarded indemnity costs against a worker who sought to overturn a failed four-year-old reclassification ruling.

First conversion dispute ruling finds worker ineligible

A WA TAFE worker among the first out of the blocks to test the Fair Work Act's new casual conversion provisions in the FWC has lost her bid to have the tribunal deal with her permanency dispute because she does not work for a national system employer.

Adverse action when worker booted for refusing unsafe work: Court

A scaffolding company and its director that sacked a worker for refusing to perform unsafe work, before offering to reinstate him on a probationary period with a warning, must pay more than $25,000 in compensation and penalties for unlawful adverse action.