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Big fines flow from first anti-picketing ruling

A court's imposition of $200,000 in fines on the CFMMEU for unlawful pickets that might have caused "some very small loss of productivity" underlines the heavy sanctions construction unions face for such actions under the legislation that re-established the ABCC after the 2016 double dissolution election.

Rail strikes sidelined after union neglected to post notices

The RTBU cannot organise further industrial action on Melbourne's passenger train network while bargaining for a new Metro Trains agreement, after the Federal Court today held that it failed to fully comply with orders to post notices that a fare free day was cancelled.


Tribunal reduces length of demotion

The NSW IRC has considered the dividing line between misconduct and performance issues in cutting short the demotion of an assistant principal accused of hugging and professing her love for students, giving gifts and laughing when one of them threw paint over a colleague.

Union, employers at loggerheads over "lockout" threat

The union representing teachers and support staff in Queensland's Catholic schools is accusing employers of being the first in Australia to threaten a lock-out in the sector, but the QCEC claims it is untrue as it is seeking the "exact opposite".

MUA back where it began as fined $38K for unlawful strike

A Federal Court judge has for the second time rejected FWO arguments that the CFMMEU's maritime division should not benefit from the Fair Work Act's single course of conduct mechanism in determining penalties for an unlawful strike.

Senior MUA official loses entry permit

The FWC has refused to renew MUA Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer's entry permit, ruling that he has "repeatedly preferred the interests of his union and/or its members over compliance with industrial laws."


Two-hour Cup Day strike at casino unprotected: FWC

A two-hour stopwork that United Voice scheduled to clash with Melbourne Cup festivities at Crown Perth has been extended to four hours after the gambling giant secured an anti-strike order from the FWC on the basis that a shorter period would constitute unprotected action.