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FWC pulls plug on "organic" strike action

The FWC has brought the shutter down on protected industrial action at a smelter after determining that its "organic" nature gave the business little chance of safely preparing for its impact.

Reinstatement for Qube managers asked to be strike breakers

A tribunal member has reinstated six sacked Qube Ports waterfront shift managers and expressed alarm at a senior manager's "bizarre" and "ridiculous" proposal that three of them sign an unsighted document before it divulged its plan to maintain operations during a strike.

Review casual's status in six months, FWC recommends

In a rare test of the Fair Work Act's new casual conversion provisions, the FWC has recommended an employer review a worker's request in six months and consider establishing a core workforce of permanent employees.

WA News resumes lockout after cooling-off ends

The Perth-based newspaper group controlled by billionaire Kerry Stokes has locked out more than 100 printers for an indefinite period after they rejected a second bargaining offer.

ACCC wins boycott case against CFMMEU

The ACCC's recent heightened focus on the building industry might be bearing fruit, after the Federal Court found this week that the CFMMEU induced and had knowing involvement in major construction company J Hutchinson's unlawful boycott of a non-union waterproofing subcontractor, the Federal Court has ruled.

FWC set to hear Svitzer bid to halt protected action

Major tug boat operator Svitzer Australia has gained more time to prepare its application to suspend or terminate AMOU members' protected action, which is to due to start on Thursday.

NSW looking to compensate nurses within cap

The Perrottet Government says it is looking at "some further recognition" of the work performed by NSW nurses and midwives without prompting other public sector wage claims above its 2.5% annual cap.

CPI or 2.5% in Patrick peace deal

Patrick Terminals says the four-year in-principle agreement it has struck with the MUA removes "restrictive recruitment conditions", while delivering "other much-needed flexibilities" for its four container terminals, while the MUA says it has received "assurances" on job security and has won pay rises of 2.5% or CPI, whichever is greater.