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FWC to hear Patrick bid to end protected action

The FWC will this week hear an application by stevedore Patrick to terminate the MUA's protected action at its four container ports, while IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed he will intervene in support of the company.


Bench partially upholds disbarred lawyer's appeal

An FWC full bench has held that it is not empowered to rule on a disbarred lawyer's claim that a senior member is unfit to hold office, but has remitted his unfair dismissal case to another member after finding he was denied procedural fairness.

No insistence on AWA revival in IR groups: Employers

A key employer group has rejected ACTU claims that business interests advocated the re-introduction of Work Choices-style AWAs in the Morrison Government's IR working groups.

Waterfront bargaining deal expected this week

Major stevedore DP World Australia expects to finalise a new enterprise agreement with the CFMMEU's MUA division this week, ending a contentious round of waterfront bargaining.


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.