In a significant decision as to what constitutes industrial action, a full Federal Court has found that the legislative framework does not capture instances where a subcontractor's workers down tools with the support of their direct employer.
The CFMMEU is taking a building company to court for allegedly requiring 24 hours' written notice for permit holders wanting to investigate suspected safety breaches at a WA construction site unless the union sent someone qualified to carry out testing.
The ABCC is pursuing the CFMMEU and eight organisers for repeatedly refusing to show entry permits at a major Queensland road project on the basis they were responding to safety issues as "concerned citizens, not as union officials".
Class action law firm Adero says it believes labour supplier One Key Workforce wound up owing more than 2000 mineworkers on casual contracts far more than the $38 million sum estimated by administrators, as it prepares to file a claim holding its parent company liable as their "true employer".
Labor when it came to power in the 1980s sought to address the "real wage overhang" the economy faced, but now it has to correct a "real wage underhang", the federal shadow productivity minister told a conference last week.
The FWC has ordered a labour hire company to return a casual mineworker to her former position at a BHP Coal mine, despite late evidence that the mining giant that ordered her removal won't consider reinstatement.
Social media "moves the dial" on harassing workplace behaviour and will contribute to more litigation flowing through to the courts, according to Australian Human Resources Institute chair Peter Wilson.
Fewer than one in five people who experienced workplace s-xual harassment in the last five years made a formal report or complaint about it, according to a new national survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The FWC has found that a firefighter's dishonesty in concealing a professional ban arising from indecent assaults was sufficient reason for his dismissal, even after rejecting the employer's own reasons as invalid.