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Waterfront agreement opponent not genuine: VICT

Victoria International Container Terminal has accused the CFMMEU delegate at the centre of a 2017 Webb Dock blockade of acting as a "stalking horse" for the maritime division in challenging his employer's non-union deal because he was "indebted" after a $40,000 bailout.

ALP to stiffen casual conversion rights

Labor has promised that if it wins the May 18 election it will strengthen the legal position of casual workers who want to convert to permanent part-time or full-time employment.

Gap opens between inflation and wage growth; & more

Gap opens between inflation and wage growth; Labour supplier signs enforceable undertaking with FWO; FSU seeks FWC hearing on rumoured CBA job cuts; UK's Low Pay Commission seeking submissions on 60% target; UK minimum wage has lifted low paid by £5000 a year, says report.

Deals genuinely agreed despite secret automation/shutdown plans: FWC

The FWC has approved two Coles distribution centre deals after the retailer defended NUW claims that workers did not genuinely agree to them because it failed to tell them of plans to carry out redundancies and open new, automated facilities.

Company with 140,000 workers lacks in-house IR advocacy expertise: FWC

One of Australia's largest employers has convinced the FWC that it should have access to external legal representation to defend its dismissal of a self-represented employee accused of stealing $400, because its in-house legal and HR personnel lack expertise in IR advocacy.

Court derails injunction bid for sacked delegate

The private operator of Sydney's newest rail line has agreed to continue paying an RTBU delegate pending an expedited trial in July into allegations that it sacked him because he helped prepare for a majority support determination application, after the Federal Court today found serious questions to be tried.

Casual call thwarts NUW MSD bid

The FWC has refused to grant the NUW a majority support determination at a distribution centre after holding that it must only count casuals who have recently worked shifts and declining to seek additional information to determine which casuals the company rostered-on.

AWU claims turnaround, but ROC losing patience

The AWU claims to have arrested its membership losses, with a new back-office system recording a "modest" increase in numbers, but the ROC is growing impatient, accusing the union of lacking urgency and transparency in rectifying its reporting after it first raised issues about inaccurate data more than two-and-a-half years ago.