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Action stopped to avoid economy-damaging refinery shutdown: FWC

The FWC earlier this month halted industrial action at BP's Kwinana oil refinery after it accepted that a shutdown of up to a fortnight would be the "unavoidable and inevitable consequence" of protected bans and limitations by AWU members.

Mine fails to terminate agreement covering no workers

An ASX-listed mining company has failed to persuade the FWC to terminate a 2011 deal no longer covering workers or an operating mine in order to make reopening viable, the tribunal finding in the interests of enterprise bargaining the company should first try to negotiate with the CFMMEU.


Court imposes big fine for MUA's contempt

Victoria's Supreme Court has lobbed a $120,000 contempt fine against the CFMMEU for pre-amalgamation MUA leaders' speeches to picketers at a Melbourne container terminal, finding the union made a calculated decision that its interests would be well served by flouting "no go" orders.

If pharmacists can't get a pay rise, no-one can: Union

The FWC is seeking submissions on some increases in the work value of pharmacists identified in its four-yearly award review, but Professionals Australia has slammed the tribunal's rejection of its signal bid to bump by more than a third the pay of those with accreditation.

Court fines union leader for late financial reports

The Federal Court has fined ANMF WA branch secretary Mark Olson $6,600 for his "laxity" in failing to ensure the union submitted financial reports on time for three years in a row.

AMMA's challenge to CFMMEU merger 28 years late: Full Court

A Full Federal Court has dismissed the Australian Mines and Metals Association's application to quash two FWC decisions approving the merger of the CFMEU, MUA and TCFU, offering a brief history lesson as to why outstanding civil penalty proceedings posed no barrier to the amalgamation.

It's not cricket, say unions of Seven threat to axe deal

Seven West Media says it will apply to terminate an enterprise agreement covering about 1300 employees unless it breaks a bargaining deadlock, making it arguably the highest-profile employer to pursue such a manoeuvre.


ROC expects to hear more from whistleblowers in 2019

The Registered Organisations Commission believes that whistleblower disclosures will increasingly underpin its work from next year as it steps up efforts to encourage unions and employer bodies to establish "speak up" cultures.