In a rare adverse action case involving an independent contractor, the Federal Court has issued a mandatory injunction compelling a building materials supplier to provide concrete haulage work to an owner-driver pending the hearing of his case that his contract was terminated because of his union activity.
There is "no impediment" to the Fair Work Commission adopting an equal remuneration principle that could "occupy the ground between uncertainty and prescription" and guide the tribunal and parties involved in equal remuneration cases, according to a new draft report commissioned by the FWC's pay equity unit.
In a ruling with significant implications for bargaining involving multiple employee representatives, the Fair Work Commission has ordered Linfox to provide the NUW with the TWU's log of claims for a new national agreement, and the company's written response.
A Pilbara labour hire company has failed to win an interlocutory injunction to stop its former general manager from working for a competitor at Rio Tinto's Paraburdoo mine, after the WA Supreme Court said its restraint of trade case had holes in it and damages would be an adequate remedy if it ultimately succeeded.
TWU national secretary and ALP national vice president Tony Sheldon has proposed giving affiliated unions a third of the votes in ALP leadership ballots and argued that reducing union representation would damage the party over time.
The FWC has upheld a company's dismissal of a long-serving worker who failed to follow safety procedures when he spilled molten slag from a front-end loader, then tested positive to cannabis, almost 24 hours after he claimed to have smoked a joint.
The Federal Court has dismissed an adverse action claim by a CFMEU delegate at a BHP Coal mine in central Queensland, accepting the company sacked him for rough-handling and verbally abusing a colleague and for issuing overtime directions, not because of his union activity.
Queensland's unions today launched their High Court challenge against the Newman Government's changes to IR laws, which they say has shut down their ability to campaign against unpopular government decisions.