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Qantas weighing appeal against JobKeeper ruling

Qantas is considering a challenge to a Federal Court interpretation today of JobKeeper payment rules that will require it to backpay employees who received penalty rates in arrears while covered by the wage subsidy scheme.

Vale Peter "Simmo" Simpson

Unions are mourning the death at 57 of former Queensland/NT ETU secretary Peter "Simmo" Simpson.

Coronavirus risks justify entry curbs, FWC rules

The CFMMEU's MUA division has failed to convince a senior FWC member that it is unreasonable to refuse entry to an offshore vessel to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to instead require it to use a landside meeting room.

Porter cool on small business award; & more

IR Minister cool on small business award; $20,000 penalty for blocking CFMMEU safety entry; and FWC to consider extending vehicle award flexibilities.

Union's challenge to jeweller's deal not gold standard: FWC

An FWC full bench has criticised the SDA for its approach in challenging a Prouds Jewellers deal after the union neglected to provide modelling or analysis in support of claims that it failed the better off overall test.

Maurice Blackburn alumnus to succeed ASU's White

The successor to the ASU's long-time leader in the aviation industry, Linda White, is looking towards innovation in campaigning as unions look to save airline jobs and to protect equal pay funding in the community sector.

Proposal for five days paid "reproductive health" leave

An HSU branch in Victoria is pursuing an Australian-first claim for five days' annual paid reproductive health and wellbeing leave - to cover IVF treatment, endometriosis, vasectomies and serious menstrual pain - that the ACTU says would foster "more equal and accommodating workplaces".

Updated: Porter to intervene in waterfront case

IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed today that he will intervene in support of DP World Australia's application to terminate the MUA's protected industrial action at Port Botany.

Umpire rejects bid for "COVID-care" allowance

A $5 an hour "COVID-19 care allowance" for disability workers attending to self-isolated and quarantining clients is unnecessary and likely to trigger a push to insert it into other health sector and aged care awards, according to an FWC full bench.

TWU calls in EY, Bornstein in Qantas jobs row

The Qantas timetable for an in-house bid for the airline's outsourced domestic ground handling services is "unattainable and unrealistic", according to a consultant engaged by the TWU.