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Hard to stomach, but BHP worker's sacking not harsh: FWC

BHP did not respond harshly when it dismissed a Thailand-based train driver for making a brief call about a worrying health matter while he travelled slowly along a remote Pilbara line, the FWC has ruled.

Detailed robo-clause in new DP World deals

DP World will notify the MUA of automation plans nine months before implementation and pay an additional 15 weeks severance for related redundancies, under new agreements that crossed their final hurdle last week when Melbourne dock workers voted in favour.

Executive ruling on coverage would breach CFMMEU rules: Judge

The Federal Court has found it strongly arguable that the CFMMEU's national executive would have contravened the union's rules if it determined a coverage dispute between the construction and mining divisions at a national executive meeting that was to be held today, while construction division leader Dave Noonan probably has not been validly elected as national secretary of the broader union.

MBA's non-union deal trips on "reasonable steps"

The FWC has thrown out a major MBA NSW non-union deal because an employer failed to take "all reasonable steps" to explain it to workers, declaring "self-serving" statements about compliance are not enough to prove the requirement is met.


CFMMEU mining division wins injunction to stymie executive meeting

The Federal Court has this morning issued an injunction to stymie the agenda for a CFMMEU national executive meeting that was to begin this afternoon, after the union's mining and energy division claimed that if it proceeded the construction and general division would start poaching its members.

Full court's "unduly narrow" interpretation is wrong: Porter

IR Minister Christian Porter has told the High Court that a Federal Court bench "erred" when it concluded that labour hire company Workpac could not rely on a legislative provision to offset loadings paid to the worker at the centre of a landmark case on casual leave entitlements.

Pilots' union spreads its wings

The AFAP has regained the right to represent all mainline Qantas pilots after the FWC dismissed objections from the Flying Kangaroo and AIPA that it will create disharmony, inefficiency and a two-tiered system at an already challenging time.


US union density up in COVID-19 anomaly

COVID-19 has interrupted the long decline in union membership in the US, with density rising from 10.3% to 10.8%, while tributes have poured in after the death of a long-serving leader of the nation's peak union body.