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FWC rebuffs bid to block entry on COVID-19 grounds

The FWC has refused a Victorian food manufacturer's bid to block the UWU's entry to reduce COVID-19 risks and because it suspected the union of waging an industrial campaign by issuing multiple notices about alleged coronavirus safety breaches.


Employer's sworn statement not enough to approve deal: FWC bench

A senior FWC member's failure to seek the details of a construction employer's pre-ballot explanation of its proposed agreement has led to it being quashed, after a full bench rejected the proposition that the company could rely on its sworn statement about the process.

ACTU decries working group employers' conduct

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has criticised the attitude of employer groups towards the Morrison Government's IR working groups, accusing them of breaching confidentiality and not participating in good faith.

Waste giant scraps chief's share options

The board of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd has announced today that is abandoning plans to issue shares worth about $2.3 million to chief executive Vik Bansal, after complaints about his "overly assertive behaviour" in the workplace.

Qantas weighing appeal against JobKeeper ruling

Qantas is considering a challenge to a Federal Court interpretation today of JobKeeper payment rules that will require it to backpay employees who received penalty rates in arrears while covered by the wage subsidy scheme.

Vale Peter "Simmo" Simpson

Unions are mourning the death at 57 of former Queensland/NT ETU secretary Peter "Simmo" Simpson.

Coronavirus risks justify entry curbs, FWC rules

The CFMMEU's MUA division has failed to convince a senior FWC member that it is unreasonable to refuse entry to an offshore vessel to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to instead require it to use a landside meeting room.

Porter cool on small business award; & more

IR Minister cool on small business award; $20,000 penalty for blocking CFMMEU safety entry; and FWC to consider extending vehicle award flexibilities.