BHP says it is working with the FWC and the CFMMEU's mining and energy division on further workplace consultation to enable the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccination mandate at its Mt Arthur coal mine in the Upper Hunter Valley.
In the absence of the Labor Opposition advancing any pre-election plans to fix the "broken" federal bargaining regime, union leaders and labour law academics have collaborated to push for multi-employer negotiations, drawing on UK and US policy proposals and local successes in supply chains.
The key lesson from last week's Mt Arthur ruling by a five-member FWC full bench is that employers that impose vaccination mandates not required by public health orders must comply with consultation obligations, according to the coal mining union's legal director.
Some 49% of employees feel they work in "inclusive" teams, but only 31% say their immediate manager hits that mark, according to a new Diversity Council report that says inclusion is critical to retaining employees as COVID-19-driven labour shortages develop.
McDonald's has been hit with a second Federal Court case over its alleged failure to provide paid rest breaks, with a RAFFWU-backed class action claiming thousands of past and present workers are potentially owed millions over the "systemic" issue.