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Private sector pay rises ease again

Bargained wage rises in the private sector dropped to 2.7% a year in the September quarter, according to newly-released Attorney-General's Department data that also shows some large retail employers are starting to tie increases to the FWC's annual review.

CFMMEU appeal erases publication order, but little else

A full Federal Court has largely dismissed the CFMMEU's broad-ranging appeal against more than $300,000 in fines imposed for attempting to force a contractor into signing a union-approved deal, agreeing only that publication orders served no purpose and that too much was made of an "eenie meenie miney mo!" text message.

"Dysfunctional" union fined $445K for reporting breaches

The CEPU has been fined $445,000 for historic reporting breaches, a Federal Court judge observing that the penalty would have been higher had the union not moved to clean up its act by employing a compliance officer.

Member of rebel union seeks to restrain employer

Queensland's IRC is today considering a bid to restrain Queensland Health from dismissing a senior nurse who says she spoke to the media about alleged training flaws in her role as a union delegate, in a case testing the state's new human rights laws and the rights of non-registered unions.

Court grounds pilots' adverse action case

A pilots' union that established in the High Court that it could pursue a case on behalf eligible of non-members has lost its substantive case accusing budget airline Regional Express of threatening adverse action against cadets who exercise a workplace right.

Court fines AWU for adverse action against members

The Federal Court has today ordered the AWU to pay an $18,000 penalty for pressing charges under its rules against two members who refused to support industrial action against Orica.

ROC seeks to correct AWU raids ruling

In the ROC's appeal against the Federal Court ruling that invalidated its probe into the AWU's donations to Get Up, it claims the trial judge misconstrued prosecution time limits and misunderstood what constitutes "reasonable grounds" for the watchdog to start an investigation.

Bushfires spur union guidance on air quality

Victorian unions have issued an OHS directive in response to the unprecedented bushfire season, advising that all non-critical outdoor work should stop when the air quality index reaches "very poor" or worse.

Australia Post made "extraordinary" gardening leave decision: Court

Australia Post is facing a damages bill for breaching the contract of a national worker's compensation manager who accused it of caving in to union demands to remove him, after failing to establish that it offered him an equivalent position after a period of gardening leave.