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Big fines flow from first anti-picketing ruling

A court's imposition of $200,000 in fines on the CFMMEU for unlawful pickets that might have caused "some very small loss of productivity" underlines the heavy sanctions construction unions face for such actions under the legislation that re-established the ABCC after the 2016 double dissolution election.

WA backs Beech call for labour hire licensing

Western Australia's McGowan Labor Government has given in-principle support to introducing a State-based labour hire licensing scheme as part of its response to a major report on wage theft.

Accused "malingerer" awarded $880K for unlawful sacking

An employer and four company directors have been ordered to pay a former manager almost $900,000 after a court found he was unlawfully dismissed in response to requested pay rises, despite working restricted hours following a car accident.


Rail strikes sidelined after union neglected to post notices

The RTBU cannot organise further industrial action on Melbourne's passenger train network while bargaining for a new Metro Trains agreement, after the Federal Court today held that it failed to fully comply with orders to post notices that a fare free day was cancelled.

"Lost opportunity" to explain terms sinks labour hire deal

In a decision emphasising the "reasonable steps" employers must take in explaining proposed agreements to workers, the FWC has refused to approve a large labour hire company's deal after a "lost opportunity" to clarify its terms and its failure to present sufficient detail about information sessions.


BHP worker's buckled track fix out of line

The FWC has upheld BHP's dismissal of a track maintenance coordinator who failed to conduct the correct level of risk assessment when a section of rail bowed out on its Pilbara network, rejecting claims he had not been properly educated about the company's guidelines.

"Possible acrimony" not enough to hide worker's identity: FWC

The FWC has rebuffed a worker's bid to remain anonymous in opposing an employer's application to terminate an agreement, finding their concerns of "possible acrimony" did not unseat the principles of open justice.

Doctors' union and AMA to face off in court

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation is suing the Australian Medical Association, accusing it of unlawfully scrapping a joint-membership arrangement under which the union provided IR services.