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Government should send wharf disputes straight to FWC, says NFF

The National Farmers' Federation has called on the Federal Government to refer maritime industrial disputes straight to the FWC for arbitration, as one of several moves to improve international freight supply chains.

NTEU trumpets "status quo-shaking" workload ruling

In a workloads decision the NTEU says will "shake the status quo at the foundations", the FWC has held a university's model breached its agreement as it is not based on quantitative standards and "strays too far" from what the evidence points to as a median requirement.

Blowtorch on parliamentary workplace as Tudge steps aside

In a powerful postscript to the release this week of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' review of parliamentary workplace behaviour, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked Education Minister Alan Tudge to stand aside from Cabinet pending a ministerial conduct investigation into allegations made by a former staffer.

Virgin deleting COVID vax proof after health profile concerns

The aircraft engineers union says no employers should require proof of COVID-19 inoculations that include individual healthcare identifiers, with Virgin agreeing in consent orders to delete the material amid concerns they could be used to access medical histories for other purposes.

Coles' backpay $100M short, claims FWO

The FWO alleges in court proceedings filed yesterday that Coles owes its managers about $100 million more than it has made allowance for following internal payroll audits looking at the underpayments.

CFMMEU leader faces court over alleged credit card misuse

The ROC has begun civil penalty proceedings against CFMMEU mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth over alleged union credit card misuse, including expenses incurred on family trips.

On-demand award would create "arbitrary schism": Academics

A trio of IR academics has ahead of next week's hearing of Menulog's application to create an on-demand delivery services award warned the FWC it would lead to an "arbitrary schism" between workers performing the same jobs.

Late application allowed after tardy HR advice

The FWC has extended time for a Victorian tram driver wrongly told he could use his employer's internal appeals process to challenge his sacking, with the advice not corrected by HR until a day after the tribunal's filing deadline.

Porter to quit politics

Former IR Minister Christian Porter has announced his retirement from politics, observing in parting that the only "certainty" about the profession "appears to be no limit to what some will say or allege or do to gain an advantage".

Union expels protesting anti-vax members

The CFMMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch has expelled eight members who took part in violent anti-vaccination protests in September outside its Melbourne offices.