Stevedore DP World has opened up a new strategy for employers seeking to sideline industrial action, winning a ruling from the FWC that MUA bans on shift extensions were not protected because the employer never asked employees to work beyond their hours within 30 days.
About 1800 waterfront workers have today begun a campaign of rolling strikes at DP World container terminals across Australia this week, after the MUA and stevedore failed to reach agreement on a new enterprise deal.
An FWC member gave due recognition to the reduction of employees' bargaining power that would flow from him acceding to a DP World bid to extend notice for CFMMEU industrial action from three to five days, according to reasons issued by a full Federal Court today.
The SDA has lodged an FWC dispute questioning whether thousands of Woolworths redundancies are genuine and claiming the retailer failed to adequately consult on the restructure, which RAFFWU has labelled "cover" for roster changes designed to circumvent penalty rates.
In a significant decision on FWC practices, a Commission full bench has made a powerful case for members conciliating a matter to automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement, obviating the need for recusal hearings.
The CFMMEU's construction division says senior NSW officials at the centre of a new ABCC court action have denied alleged threatening conduct, such as warning a crane company to "agree with everything" in a deal as "you don't want your blokes offsite, equipment damaged, cranes wrecked".