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Union to seek urgent dispute hearing after injunction bid

The Federal Court has today refused a rail union bid to stop the retrenchment and redeployment of employees of Melbourne public transport operator Metro Trains, after the company gave an undertaking it wouldn't proceed while the RTBU seeks an expedited dispute hearing in the FWC.

MUA planning May Day strike at robodock

MUA members are set to resume protected industrial action at the Port of Melbourne's "robo-terminal" ahead of the Victorian Supreme Court hearing a massive damages claim against the union over a picket in late 2017.

Picketing, coercion warrants "severe" penalties: Judge

The Federal Court has imposed fines and costs of almost $1 million on the CFMMEU and more than $170,000 on officials and delegates for unlawful picketing and coercion of a crane company to reinstate a sacked delegate and sign an agreement.

Department must consult on dress standards, social media: FWC

The Department of Home Affairs has failed to convince the FWC it was not obliged to consult workers before introducing new policies governing social media use, interactions with children and a dress code deeming sleeveless clothing "unsuitable".

Staffroom power struggle heads to court

Two union-rep teachers are facing court action launched by a new, unregistered rival to the Queensland Teachers' Union after they sent colleagues an all-staff school email claiming it could not represent their industrial interests.

Unions to pour resources into McCormick campaign: ACTU

ACTU secretary Sally McManus says unions will throw their full support behind an indefinite strike at a Melbourne food plant, where workers received their last pay increase five years ago.

FWO pursues CFMMEU over rancorous picket

The Fair Work Ombudsman has begun Federal Court action against the CFMMEU and five union officials stemming from the bitter 2017-18 dispute at Glencore's Oaky North coal mine in Queensland, which included a seven-month lockout and picket.

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.

Order halts protected action at robo-terminal

Highly-automated stevedore Victoria International Container Terminal won an interim anti-industrial-action order late last week that halted an escalating MUA campaign that included a 36-hour protected strike due to begin on Sunday morning.

Organiser left to "guess" ABCC wanted him to pay fine: Court

The ABCC has secured fines totalling almost $300,000 against the CFMMEU, a union organiser and 16 workers for disrupting a major project in pursuit of a deal, but missed out on a personal payment order after leaving it to the official concerned to "guess" that was its intent.